It wasn’t the best moment to buy a boatyard or a boat — right before the 1938 hurricane — but Stanley and Anna Ginalski did both.

The boatyard, located on ‘between the bridges’ land where the Barrington and Palmer rivers divide, took a beating but survived. Storm surge hoisted the boat, named Egbert, high atop pilings at the end of the dock — a photo of that moment is one of the enduring images of the Great New England Hurricane. The already elderly Egbert (built in 1885) suffered damage but survived.

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