Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial
57 Western Avenue, Gloucester, MA, USA
Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial Reviews
Iconic Statue Oct 16, 2008
The Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial, located about a 5 minute walk east of the Blynman Canal, overlooking Gloucester Harbor. is a two part tribute to the men who have lost their lives plying the trade that made Gloucester famous.
The first part is famous “Man at the Wheel” statue. This is an 8 foot tall fisherman dressed in foul weather gear, peering out to the harbor, while manning a boat’s wheel. The statue made a cameo appearance in the movie “The Perfect Storm”. Most people recognize the statue when they see it, but they don’t know why. It was dedicated in 1923, the 300th anniversary of Gloucester’s founding. The inscription on the statue; “They that go down to the see in ships” is from the 107th Psalm.
I was very impressed with this work of art and spent some time just staring it, taking in the seaman’s expression and tried to wonder what he was thinking.
While not nearly famous, the second part of the memorial is very informative. Dedicated in 2000, The Wall of Remembrance lists, on seven granite and bronze memorials, the names of all men who have perished fishing the waters off of Gloucester. The names are organized by year. (For those interested, 1991 lists the men from “The Perfect Storm”). Each year there is a ceremony to add additional names. One of the memorial stones tells the story of Gloucester and the memorial
I found this interesting enough to make sure we stopped on our way from Portland to Salem. It has a deep historical significance and I was very impressed by the research that went into it to make the Wall of Remembrance possible. The statue is an icon. If you are anywhere near Gloucester I recommend taking the time to seek it out. While, it is not flashy, it is free. You get a great view of the bay and a little exercise!
Part of the New England 2008 travel blog
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