Fishermen's Memorial Monument, Gloucester

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Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial is an historic memorial cenotaph sculpture on South Stacy Boulevard, near entrance of Stacy Esplanade in Gloucester, Massachusetts, built in 1925.DescriptionIt is an 8ft, bronze statue of a fisherman dressed in oilskins standing braced at the wheel on the sloping deck of his ship. The monument has a square base of sea green granite. It is positioned so that the fisherman is looking out over Gloucester Harbor. The fisherman in the sculpture was modeled after Capt. Clayton Morrissey, a prominent Gloucester fisherman, once the captain of the Effie M. Morrissey. The stone was purposely sculpted with a rough finish to make the fisherman look rugged. Craske posed the fisherman to look as if he was facing a windstorm and was headed toward dangerous rocks. His eyes are fixed on the water and sails, while every muscle is strained to hold the wheel with a firm grip. A small plaque on the north or street-facing side of the base reads, "Memorial To The Gloucester Fisherman, August 23, 1923". A larger recessed panel on the front or harbor-facing side of the base holds an inscription of bronze letters taken from the Bible's, which reads: "They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships 1623-1923".HistoryThe English sculptor Leonard Craske (1882–1950) designed the sculpture, and it was cast by the Gorham Company of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1925. According to the National Park Service:
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  • August 14, 2017
    It is a beautiful walk in front of the ocean and you can easily enjoy this monument! Not so hard to find parking if you go early in the day.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Loved visiting this memorial. Helped get a feel for the history of this historic fishing town and understand the profound respect of the sea.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Today, a person alone, Hoang Hai bian see the sea open car with a sway to this spot in the future, a park children can also have a place to run, Hai bian railings, here are the sea here, the Sea Gull fly!
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  • June 22, 2017
    Beautiful sunny day with a cool breeze off the water. Nice area to walk and sit and watch the boats.
  • June 2, 2017
    One of my favorite places to visit. Love walking along the water, picking up sea glass, and soaking up the sun on a bench..
  • April 4, 2017
    Famous place, worth a visit, and a nice beach front walk around it. The listing of all those lost is sobering. Amazing how many were lost prior to weather forecasting. Makes me want to say a prayer for these people and thier families each time I eat fish.
  • January 28, 2017
    This is a moving tribute to all the fisherman who have lost their lives. The movie the Perfect Storm with George Cluny told one of these stories of lives lost at sea. While you are visiting the Gloucester fishing community, take a moment to see the names listed on this moving tribute.
  • July 6, 2016
    My roots go deep here,3centuries nearly. I love this place as if this town were an individual person! Let Beau Port it is indeed!

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The town prides itself on maintaining a quaint New England charm. Many inns and rental properties offer views, or accommodation in historical red-brick buildings. Some accommodations have only a few rooms, so book ahead to ensure you get the room of your choice.
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