Fishermen's Memorial Monument, Gloucester

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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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  • This is a really nice tribute to those who have lost their lives at sea. The engraved names and years is really heart wrenching when you stop and think about it and what it must have been like for the...  more »
  • This is not an activity, but simply an iconic and beautiful statue and memorial to honor those who "went down to the sea in ships." There is also a circular memorial wall with the vessel name, names o...  more »
  • I toured the statue on a class trip. The children enjoyed the statue. They had a list of objects to find on the boulevard. They also had a bag lunch from home to eat on the grass. They went for ice cr...  more »
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  • Iconic statue honoring those. Who were lost at sea from this community. Great vantage point of harbor. Very peaceful place.
  • The iconic symbol of the stoic Gloucester Fisherman, still risking life and limb to harvest the sea. A must-visit for first time visitors along with the accompanying cenotaph. A sobering reminder of what our City has sacrificed to bring food to the world.
  • Iconic spot in Gloucester. Full view of the harbor and out towards the open ocean. The statue and memorial over diseased fishermen adds to the experience.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful sunny day with a cool breeze off the water. Nice area to walk and sit and watch the boats.
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