Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial

Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial, Gloucester, public art

Public Art :  Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial

Also known as :  Man at the Wheel statue or Fishermen's Memorial Cenotaph

Sculptor : © Leonard Craske (September 19th, 1880 – August 29th, 1950)

Description : The 8-foot-tall (2.4 m), bronze statue of a fisherman braced at the wheel of his ship was erected to commemorate Gloucester's 300th anniversary and also as a memorial to the thousands of local fisherman who lost their lives at sea. Craske modeled the fisherman after Captain Clayton Morrissey, a prominent Gloucester fisherman and captain of the Effie M. Morrissey. The fisherman was deliberately posed to look as though he was in rough seas facing the wind. The base was cut roughly to add  to the drama of the scene.

Cast by :  Gorham Company of Providence, Rhode Island.

Cost : $10,000

Date Unveiled:

Location: The "Man at the Wheel" can be found on South Stacy Boulevard, near entrance of Stacy Esplanade in Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA.

Background: Around 1924 The Gloucester Tercentenary Permanent Memorial Association sponsored a sculpture  competition to commemorate Gloucester's 300th anniversary and to permanently memorialize the thousands of fishermen lost at sea in the first three centuries of Gloucester's history. The winner was British born sculptor Leonard Craske who had spent long hours aboard fishing schooners studying the lives of fishermen.

Trivia : The book and subsequent film The Perfect Storm was about a Gloucester commercial fishing vessel Andrea Gail and her crew who were lost at sea during the  "Perfect Storm" of 1991.

The Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

The schooner Effie M. Morrissey was named after Captain Clayton Morrissey's sister.

The Effie M Morrisey still sails today but is now known as Ernestina, an official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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