Fishermen's Memorial Monument, Gloucester

4.8
Monument · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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:
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  • Just south of downtown, on the main drag toward the park and Hammond Castle. Free parking right on the street. Easy to spot and easy to get to.  more »
  • A must see when visiting Glouster. The setting is beautiful. The fisherman is facing the harbor. There is a beautiful memorial to those lost at sea. There is a concrete walkway all along the...  more »
  • It's a true tribute to all of the fishermen who have lost their lives at sea working an extemely trying profession with difficult conditions. Each name is listed by year on a plaque in a serene...  more »
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  • Beautifully scenic seafront boulevard and a wonderful memorial. A very nice place to walk with the family. Would have given 5 stars but obvious traffic in this area makes travel difficult without a lot of forethought and planning. All in all it is a great, scenic location.
  • It's so hard to capture in photos but all of the flags, with the memorial, and ocean in the background is so phenomenal. One of my favorite places in Massachusetts when on vacation because while it is simple it also does such a good job honoring those lost at sea. You could make this a 5 minute stop or up to a 25 minute stop, not a ton of history here just a great walk and some cool views.
  • In late August on one side a splendid, beautiful mile of flower beds impeccably kept, on the other the sea. Kudos to the city of Gloucester. The two bronze statues are memorable: the lesser known one, but just as important, to the wives and mothers waiting, worrying at home; and the one to the fishermen themselves, the lone sailor in sou'wester gear at the wheel. Over 5000 names of the lost starting in 1716 to the present. A great stroll, a heavier toll.
  • Every time I see this statue, I think of my 3rd great grandfather Goodwin earned a living by fishing along with his team. They drowned out there in the sea. I look at the water and wonder....I love going there because Gloucester is a beautiful town. Go visit :)
  • This was a bitter sweet place for me to visit. The statue was just as my father had described. I walked and read the different names of those lost at sea. These plaques are amazing. I was stunned to see my grandfathers name on a plaque as well as my uncle. My fathers only brother. I had heard my grandfather had died at sea but not my uncle. It was history I had wanted to learn about while meeting my fathers family for the first time. This was a fabulous way to honor those that had died and a beautiful bronze statue depicts what they all were, fishermen. I recommend anyone visiting Gloucester to walk the sidewalk around the cove and see the fisherman standing there doing his job. There is so much more to see along that walkway. It is a beautiful sight for all to see.

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