“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gloucester in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Blynman Bridge

Blynman Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
1. Blynman Bridge Marker
Blynman Bridge
In Honor Of
Richard Blynman
First Minister and Leading Citizen
Of Gloucester
Who in 1643 Dug This
Canal Uniting River and Bay

Location. 42° 36.585′ N, 70° 40.4′ W. Marker is in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Western Avenue (Massachusetts Route 127) and Perkins Road, on the right when traveling north on Western Avenue. Click for map. Located in Stacy Boulevard Waterfront Park next to the Blynman Bridge and Canal. Marker is in this post office area: Gloucester MA 01930, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stacy Esplanade (within shouting distance of this marker); Gloucester Korean – Vietnam Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Honor of Nathaniel Haraden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gloucester World War II Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ten Pound Island Lighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gloucester World War II Merchant Marine Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gloucester.
Regarding Blynman Bridge.
Blynman Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
2. Blynman Bridge Marker
On the opposite side of the Blynman Canal is the bridge tender's control house.
Locally called the "Cut Bridge" this is one of the busiest drawbridges on the east coast, opening 60 times on some days.

Reverend Richard Blynman, a Welsh Puritan, organized First Parish Church in Gloucester in 1642. A businessman as well as a spiritual leader, he constructed the canal that bears his name.
The Blynman Bridge spans the Blynman Canal which connects Gloucester Harbor on the south and the Annisquam River, a tidal, salt-water estuary leading to Annisquam Harbor on the north. When constructed in 1643, the canal allowed fishing boats to safely cut across Cape Ann to Ipswich Bay, rather than sailing around at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean.
After conflicts with other leaders of the parish in 1652, the disheartened Blynman, with some who remained of his followers, abandoned the inhospitable and ungodly people of Cape Ann and resettled in New London, Connecticut.
Additional comments.
1. The Cut Bridge
If someone askes the locals for the Blynman bridge, they’ll get funny looks, it is known universally as “The Cut Bridge.” Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted November 2, 2010.

Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels
Blynman Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
3. Blynman Bridge
An outward bound boat in the Blynman Canal approaches the drawbridge.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 954 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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