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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: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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Beautiful monument in a beautiful place. Take a moment to reflect on all those who did not make it home. A nice monument to honor l all those souls who were lost at sea.
Beautiful monument in a beautiful place. Take a moment to reflect on all those who did not make it home. A nice monument to honor l all those souls who were lost at sea. more »
Parents lived here 67 yrs ago. They took a picture in front of the monument and we recreated it 67 years later😀. My Father has since past but this pic brought a tear to my 87 year old mothers eye.❤️
Parents lived here 67 yrs ago. They took a picture in front of the monument and we recreated it 67 years later😀. My Father has since past but this pic brought a tear to my 87 year old mothers eye.❤️ 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!
Always stop here on my trips back home. Weekends tend to be crowded and if the weather is warm as well. Excellent harbor trail to walk but the best place is the park down the street.
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