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Gloucester in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial

 
 
Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
1. Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial
Inscription.
Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial
For nearly four centuries the history of Gloucester has been the story of America's greatest fishing port. With this memorial we commemorate the lives and the legacy of those who died at sea while fishing.

The first settlers came from England in 1623 to harvest the ocean's bounty. They concentrated on the rich fishing banks between Gloucester and Newfoundland, and later ventured throughout the Atlantic. During the 1800s, immigrants from many lands joined in the perilous work. Sustained by the hope of prosperity, they came from the Canadian Maritimes, Scandinavia and Ireland. Later, they came from Italy and Portugal. These Intrepid men established an industry that has yielded countless millions of pounds of fish.

Their legacy came at a tremendous cost: the loss of over 5300 men. Some were overtaken by the howling winds and mountainous seas of a catastrophic northeaster. Some met their fate in the solitude of a small dory gone astray from the schooner that brought them to the banks. Some ships collided in storms and tragically sank. Others were run down by steamers in the shipping lanes.

These courageous men have been known by names other than fishermen. They were father, husband, brother, son. They were known as the finest kind. Their lives and their loss have
Man at the Wheel Statue image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
2. Man at the Wheel Statue
They That Go
Down To Sea
In Ships
1623-1923
touched our community in profound ways. We remain strengthened by their character, inspired by their courage and proud to call them Gloucestermen.

Numbers alone can never chronicle the loss of human life, yet the statistics reflect the magnitude of Gloucester's sacrifice. On these plaques are the names of men known to have been lost. This memorial also stands to honor those men and ships lost without record.
• Men known to be lost at sea and honored here: 5368

• Of the nearly 1,000 ships lost, those lost with all hands: 265

• Thousands of widows struggled to survive and raise their children and many of those fatherless children entered the trade of their lost fathers.

• Between 1860 – 1906, a staggering 660 ships sank. While many of the fishermen were saved, 3880 men were lost.

• A single storm in 1862 claimed 15 schooners and 120 men, while another devastating storm in 1879 took the lives of 159 men.

Let us remember, honor and celebrate these fishermen who made their final voyage from this great port.

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. Psalm 107, 23-24

 
Erected 1923.
 
Location. 42° 36.603′ 
Plaque 1   1716 – 1850 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
3. Plaque 1   1716 – 1850
N, 70° 40.213′ W. Marker is in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Western Avenue (Massachusetts Route 127) and Babson Court, on the right when traveling north on Western Avenue. Touch for map. Located in Stacy Boulevard Waterfront Park. 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. Ten Pound Island Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Coast Guard Aviation Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Gloucester Korean – Vietnam Veterans Monument (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stacy Esplanade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blynman Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Memorial (approx. Ό mile away); In Honor of Nathaniel Haraden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gloucester World War II Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gloucester.
 
More about this marker. The famous Man at the Wheel statue is one of New England's most recognized landmarks. The Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial was built in 1925. The sculpture was designed by English sculptor Leonard Craske and cast by the Gorham Company of Providence, Rhode Island.
 
Regarding Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial. A personal
Plaque 2   1851 - 1867 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
4. Plaque 2   1851 - 1867
note from the contributor. Seven ancestral relatives are listed on the memorial plaques: Thomas 1784, John 1800, Solomon 1800, Samuel 1818, Joseph, Jr. 1820, Daniel 1870, Henry 1884.
 
Additional comments.
1.
Plaque 2 (1862) and has the names of two of my relatives on it. Robert Hamilton (listed at Robert Hambleton on the Memorial) and Michael Welch were both lost at sea on February 24/25 1862 on board the Schooner "Contest."
Robert's name appears on his family's headstone at St. Mary's Cemetery in Newburyport, MA.

I would love to hear from any other person that had family lost on February 24th 1862 at George's Bank out of Gloucester. Please email the editor and your email will be forwarded to Mr. O'Connell Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted December 29, 2010, by Mark O'Connell of North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

 
Categories. Landmarks
 
Plaque 3   1867 - 1874 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
5. Plaque 3   1867 - 1874
Plaque 4   1874 - 1879 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
6. Plaque 4   1874 - 1879
Plaque 5   1879 - 1885 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
7. Plaque 5   1879 - 1885
Plaque 6   1885 - 1893 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
8. Plaque 6   1885 - 1893
Plaque 7   1894 - 1901 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
9. Plaque 7   1894 - 1901
Plaque 8   1901 - 1916 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
10. Plaque 8   1901 - 1916
Plaque 9   1917 - 2001 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
11. Plaque 9   1917 - 2001
The Perfect Storm image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
12. The Perfect Storm
On Plaque 9 can be seen the names of the crew of the "Andra Gail," lost on October 30, 1991 and depicted in the movie "The Perfect Storm." Michael Moran • Dale Murphy • Alfred Pierre • Robert Shatford • David Sullivan • Frank Billy Tyne Jr.
Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
13. Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial
The memorial plaques surround the Man at the Wheel statue, overlooking Gloucester Harbor.
Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 26, 2010
14. Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial Marker
The memorial plaques surround the Man at the Wheel statue, overlooking Gloucester Harbor.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 4,800 times since then and 141 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on October 1, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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