Monthly Archives: March 2009

John Ronan Gloucester’s Poet Laureate Video Part IV

Final Installment Of The John Ronan Interview

Don’t forget John will be reading from his new book Marrowbone Lane Thursday April 2 at Sawyer Free Library at 7PM.  It’s free and John will be signing his books.

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Past Events Photo Slide Show

christeningClick on the seine boat christening photo above for a slideshow of past events in Gloucester. Which ones did you attend? Are there any events that you couldn’t identify? This is just a small sample of what happens in our city. We can all look forward to a busy spring and SUMMER!

Harbor Cove- Fisherman’s Wharf and Captain’s Courageous- Site of New Latitude 43

Much thanks to Frank Ciolino who brought down a bunch of old photos of Gloucester from roughly 1980.

Maybe someone could identify the building that is to the left of Captain’s Courageous in the photo.  I’m guessing it was the old Gloucester Grocery but I’m not sure.  There is an alleyway that provides public access there now.  In the post above this one, the Lat 43 sign is located on the left corner of the Captain Courageous building in this photo.

The Fisherman’s Wharf Building has been replaced after a fire a few years back with a corrugated steel building.

Gloucester At Dawn- Lat 43 and Fisherman’s Wharf 4:50AM 3/30/09

In this photo you see Lat 43 and Fisherman’s Wharf ‘s relatively new corrugated steel building in the background.   A fire in 1998 burned the former building to a total loss.

The Boston Herald, August 18th, 1998

An 80-year-old wharf in Gloucester Harbor was destroyed by a six-alarm fire, leaving more than a dozen fishing families wondering how they’ll survive.

“This is heartbreaking. The more we think about it, the more devastating it is,” said Jack Scola, one of the owners. “We’re glad no one was hurt, but the building is a total loss and now we have to start over.”

That was some fire.  I watched it from the other side at The Gloucester House and it was a nasty one.