Gloucester in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Solomon Jacobs Landing & Park
"King of the Mackerel Killers"
Solomon Jacobs Landing & Park were named for Captain Solomon Jacobs, who fished in the early 1900s. A native of Newfoundland, he was known as the "King of the Mackerel Killers" for his ability to land huge catches of mackerel. Years ago, this area was filled with dozens of sail lofts, warehouses, fish plants and multi-family houses. Most of those buildings were demolished in the name of "progress" during Urban Renewal projects of the 1960s and 1970s, and replaced with "modern" structures. The park was created in 1975 as part of that renewal process. Today, this is one of the best places to watch the ever-changing boat traffic in the harbor.
New Public Landing
In 1999, the City's Waterways Board established Solomon Jacobs Landing, the first new public landing in decades. The Landing includes the pier at the end of the Park and new floats and gangways for public access to the water. Public landings are to provide places where residents and visitors alike can tie up boats for short periods of time while they buy supplies, eat, or otherwise spend time ashore. This
Fitz Hugh Lane House
One of the few buildings that survived urban renewal is the Fitz Hugh Lane House, located on top of the hill overlooking the harbor. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and now contains offices and public restrooms. The City recently erected a statue of Lane, a brilliant painter, on the hillside. Many of Lane's works can be found at the Cape Ann Historical Museum, just a couple of blocks inland from here.
To the left of this buoy kiosk, one can see the entrance to Gloucester Marine Railways, one of the oldest businesses of its type in the country. A marine railway is a track that extends underwater from the upland. When a boat needs to be hauled out for repairs, it is placed above a cradle on the track at high tide. As the ride goes out, the boat rests on the cradle, and it is then hauled above the high water mark where the boat is accessible for repairs.
Tied up at the Railways is the Adventure, a 122-foot knockabout schooner built in 1926 in neighboring Essex. Retired from commercial fishing in 1953, Adventure was the last American dory trawler
This buoy kiosk and the adjacent bandstand were renovated in 1999 by the Gloucester Waterways Board with financial assistance from the Essex National Heritage Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, and the City of Gloucester.
Erected 1999 by Gloucester Waterways Board, Essex National Heritage Commission, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, and the City of Gloucester.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 42° 36.669′ N, 70° 39.577′ W. Marker is in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Harbor Loop south of Rogers Street (Massachusetts Route 127), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in a small kiosk at the south end of Captain Solomon Jacobs Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 Harbor Loop, Gloucester MA 01930, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dogtown & Babson Builders (a few steps from this marker); Charles Heberle (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rocky Neck (about 700 feet away); Captain Howard Blackburn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Alfred (Centennial) Johnson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cape Ann Granite (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Sawyer (approx. ¼ mile away); Salting Fish (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gloucester.
More about this marker. Marker consists of three panels:
(1) Solomon Jacobs Landing & Park,
(2) About This Buoy, and
(3) Always Ready
These are large, green, metal plaques mounted on each of three sides of the tall, green, retired navigation buoy.
The panels are faded and somewhat difficult to read.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.