Did you know that Dory is not only a Disney character but also a type of fishing boat? The dory fishing boat was invented at Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury (MA). It's the longest operating boat repair and work shop in the country. It started in 1793. Now it's a museum also.
A dory is a flat-bottomed boat with high flaring sides, sharp bow, and deep V-shaped transom. At one point the shop produced 1,000 boats of this type per year.
It's only fitting that Lowell's has been commissioned to repair John Smith's replica shallop. The replica boat was built in 1952. It will be finished by next year for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing. (Mayflower II is also a replica.) They will be reunited in Plymouth.
A shallop is a light sailboat with oars. John Smith used this boat to sail into inlets and harbors, scouting a location to land the Mayflower in 1620. First they landed at the tip of Cape Cod but couldn't find fresh water. A second landing took place in Plymouth that November.
If you're a history nerd or nautical buff, this is a must stop.
Location: Lowell's Boat Shop & Museum 459 Main Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts. Open year-round.