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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  • Stunning & Emotional memorial dedicated to the fishermen who lost their lives spanning from the beginning of Glouster to present. Nice plaque with each person's name and year they lost their life at....  more »
  • My wife and I enjoyed visiting the Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial Monument. This is a very well-done tribute to those who lost their lives serving in a capacity they loved - fisherman.  more »
  • 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.

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