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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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  • The statue is internationally known and a must for anyone touring the Northshore area. Great photos can be taken of the ocean and a great walk to exercise and look at the ocean. They are improving the...  more »
  • Wonderful statue honoring fishermen everywhere. Simple but important. Just takes a few minutes to enjoy.  more »
  • The day we visited the Fishermen's Memorial was a foggy and overcast day. We had been traveling along the east coast and stopped in Gloucester MA over night. We like to park our car and walk around as...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • A simply wonderful way to honor the memories of all those who lost their lives at Sea. A great place to go and reflect.
  • Powerful monument of a community's sacrifice to an unforgiving sea and its significance to our nation's heritage and history