The Fisherman’s Memorial is a historic monument dedicated to the fishermen who didn’t return home from the sea. Read to know some interesting and fun facts about Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial.

Facts About The Fisherman's Memorial

Standing smart and strong on a sea green granite base dressed in oilskins on the long, narrow Stacy Esplanade is the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial. The eight-foot tall, bronze statue of a helmsman seems to stand on the sloping deck of the ship overlooking the Gloucester Harbor and straining to hold the wheel firmly, until the peril is passed. This momentous cenotaph sculpture is situated on South Stacy Boulevard near the entrance of Stacy Esplanade in Gloucester, Massachusetts in United States of America. The remarkable monument is dedicated to over ten thousand Gloucester fishermen, who sacrificed their lives at sea, while earning their living, as the occupation of a fisherman is considered to be the most dangerous in America. Browse through the following lines to know more interesting and fun facts about the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial.
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Interesting & Fun Facts About Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial
  • The Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial was built in 1925.
  • The memorial is also known as “Man at the Wheel” statue or “Fishermen’s Memorial Cenotaph”.
  • The commemorative stone or tablet on the north side or street-facing side of the sculpture base reads “Memorial To The Gloucester Fisherman, August 23, 1923”.
  • However, the larger or the more prominent panel located on the harbor-facing side of the base reflects a bronze inscription from the Bible reading “They That Go Down To Sea In Ships. 1623-1923”.
  • Though the sculpture was designed by English sculptor Leonard Craske, the entire monument was cast by the Gorham Company of Providence, Rhode Island. 
  • Considered to be one of Craske’s finest works, the monument now has become the symbol of the Gloucester city, witnessing over thousands visitors every year.
  • The memorial was commissioned by the Gloucester Tercentenary Permanent Memorial Association, as part of Gloucester’s 300th anniversary to honor the fishermen who lost their lives at sea during the first three centuries of Gloucester’s history.
  • Though the base of the statue was successfully placed on the site in 1923, the statue was not revealed until 1925.
  • The memorial has been fortunate enough to include its name in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
  • A commemorative plaque made from bronze and granite was added in front of the statue in 2000, inscribing the names of the fishermen who had been lost at sea. Ever since the cenotaph was installed, names are continuously being added.
  • A memorial service is held every year in the month of August, to honor the men who have made the present Gloucester through their hard work, dedication and numerous sacrifices.

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