This Sounds Like A Job For The Infamous Fred Buck At The Cape Ann Museum

Hello here Joey!

I stumbled across your site when looking for research info on a drydock incident on Aug 22 1877. Yes, that does read 1877! Seems I’m 4th and 5th generation removed from immigrants that made Gloucester and the seas their home and workplace for many years.

I’ve discovered that my great great grandfather had several ships out of Gloucester and even gave congressional testimonial about the Fortune Bay boardings. What I can’t seem to find is the Aug. 1877 editon of the Cape Anne Advertiser that covered my Great, great, great, grandfathers accidental dry dock Death.

Being such a great representative of all things Gloucester can you point me in the right direction?

Thanks Mike


  • Sawyer Free Library reference department has some Cape Ann Advertiser on microfilm and even older newspapers bound. Give them a call and they can tell you if they have the issue you need> 978-281-9763 ext. 21 The library opens @ 8:30am Mon-Sat. They will mail the article to you, you may have to cover the postage. Good luck!


  • good advice from valerie. museum files may fill in a few of the gaps. are we allowed to know your ancestor’s name? name of a few of his vessels? the more info you can give the gloucester history rescue squad, the more likely they are to resuscitate the subject. gloucester archives at city hall is staffed by some brilliant researchers with 400 years of city records at their fingertips. very good chance they’ll be able to tell you more about the old salt’s passing than you could find anywhere else. go to the city of gloucester website and fire them off an email. give yourself a pat on the back for taking your enquiry first to capt. joey at good morning gloucester.

    hope we all can help you,

    infamous fred buck


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