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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  • It's just as it appears in the movie although the tide was lower. There's a great view of the harbor and plenty of parking and a nice walking area along the harbor front. Just checked off another long...  more »
  • The setting is beautiful and the statue itself is nice (but seeing it in person is not especially more memorable than seeing good photos). What does strike you are the many large plaques listing the n...  more »
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  • I grew up in Gloucester. The fisherman's statue is a must see if you visit our small town. The Boulevard has become more beautiful every year. Its a gorgeous tribute to they that go down to the sea in ships. And their families who live with their memories.
  • Area well kept and nicely presented. Easy to take pictures

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