Sea Fox (Dragger)

The name instantly gives away the provenance: this 60-foot dragger was built at Southwest Harbor, Me., in 1944 for Captain Manuel “Manny” Zora, a/k/a the Sea Fox. She had a 16½-foot beam, a 170HP Buda engine and the capacity to bring in 40,000 pounds of fish; plus, The Advocate said, the “sweetest galley ever designed for a boat.” The original crew was Joseph Malaquias, Joe “Crow” Martin, Frank Santos and Tony Menangas. Philip Conrad was the co-owner. It only took two year for Zora to tire of it, The Advocate reported in April 1946. “He will go back to his real profession — trawling — a type of fishing that takes skill and brains. There’s nothing to dragging, he says, and anybody can go out and get just about as much as the next fellow.” Capt. Manuel Henrique of 416 Commercial Street became the new owner and captain. Blessed by Bishop Cassidy in 1948. Over the course of one day in 1949, Sea Fox caught 30,000 pounds of haddock. Blessed by Bishop Cronin in 1977, 1978.

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