Gloucester, MA, Fishes for Tourists

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USAToday Traveler: Twenty years ago this October, a howling Nor’easter blindsided the New England coast and sank a Gloucester-based swordfish boat at sea with all 6 hands aboard.

Author and then-resident Sebastian Junger weathered the tempest from town, and his best-selling account of the tragedy, The Perfect Storm, prompted a Hollywood film and a wave of visitors curious to learn more about America’s oldest seaport.

Even before the loss of the Andrea Gail and her crew, rampant overfishing by foreign vessels, dwindling fish stocks and stringent government regulations were deep-sixing a once-vibrant marine economy in Gloucester, less than an hour’s drive northeast of Boston.

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