Fisherman Memorial.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts

Also known as the Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial, this iconic statue is often confused with the classic image of the Gorton's Fisherman. (Gorton's, a seafood company started in Gloucester, is credited with inventing fish sticks.)

The bronze statue is eight feet tall on a five-foot granite base. Gloucester bills itself as the "America's Oldest Seaport," and the monument was completed in 1925 to honor 300 years of Gloucester losing fisherman. Inscribed on the base is "They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships, 1623-1923."

Circling the cenotaph are plaques with the names of those lost at sea from 1716 through 2001. The six that make up the class of 1991 are the captain and crew of the Gloucester-based Andrea Gail, the fishing boat made famous in the book and film, The Perfect Storm. But it's not clear what it takes to get one's name on the plaques, since there are maybe 500 or so listed, whereas a city hall mural has the names of more than 5,000.

Just down the Stacy Esplanade is a newer memorial to the long-suffering fisherman's family. Conceived by the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association, it was dedicated in August 2001. This statue, also 8 feet high, stands on a 20-ton boulder, and shows a fisherman's wife with her two children, looking out over the harbor.

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Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial

Address:
Western Ave., Gloucester, MA
Directions:
Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial. Just west of Mansfield St. along the Stacy Esplanade, which parallels Western Ave./Hwy 127 at the edge of Gloucester Harbor.
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