Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial is a 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:Take a look at our Gloucester road trip website to schedule your visit to Fishermen's Memorial Monument and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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A beautiful introduction to what Gloucester and Cape Ann are all about. And then walk over the Monument for the Wives, Widows and families of these brave Fishermen.
A beautiful introduction to what Gloucester and Cape Ann are all about. And then walk over the Monument for the Wives, Widows and families of these brave Fishermen. more »
When visiting Gloucester, you must go see this monument. It’s just a short walk (that can be done along the beach) from the downtown shops. The memorial is a significant part of Gloucester’s history..... more
When visiting Gloucester, you must go see this monument. It’s just a short walk (that can be done along the beach) from the downtown shops. The memorial is a significant part of Gloucester’s history..... more »
Besides a picture opportunity, the location (towards the harbour) is fabulous and the history and names speak to the past. Make sure also to see the "Fisherman's Wife and children" statue further...
Besides a picture opportunity, the location (towards the harbour) is fabulous and the history and names speak to the past. Make sure also to see the "Fisherman's Wife and children" statue further... more »
Living in NH, I generally go to the coast closer to home. As beautiful as it is, I loved the Gloucester area. I had to go for work showing houses and decided to follow the scenic route to check it out. There was early Christmas festivities going in here and there. Such a wonderful time if year there. We can't wait to go back in warmer weather with our cobra sports car!
Was shocked how beautiful this area was! Gloucester is a beautiful place in general full of history. A lot of thing within walking distance of this memorial include stores, beaches, restaurants, sea shells, or just a relax day looking out to the ocean.
A nice tribute to those that died. The amount of people that died in the early 1900s and 1800s is shocking. Its a popular spot due to the Perfect Storm movie but don't miss it when you are in town, plenty street parking around
We were traveling down the East Coast had to see Gloucester. Unfortunately we didn't get to spend too much time I'm hoping that I can come back someday. It's amazing how history and sacrifices that town has had.
This is an amazing spot along a lovely stretch of waterfront. This is a great memorial to those lost to the ocean trying to provide for home and family. Definitely worth a stop to see the names
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