Gloucester in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
In Honor Of
First Minister and Leading Citizen
Who in 1643 Dug This
Canal Uniting River and Bay
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
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. Located in Stacy Boulevard Waterfront Park next to the Blynman Bridge and Canal. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. 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 MonumentGloucester 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gloucester.
Regarding Blynman Bridge. 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.
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.”
— Submitted November 2, 2010.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,526 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. 4, 5. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.