Mass Views: Fishing schooner and fish market, Gloucester Harbor 1940 aprox Boston Public Library

You see the building that says Fish Market?  That is the building where the fire was last week that the Gloucester Fire department quickly snuffed out.  Look at Jay Albert’s pictures here from the scene  His pictures are from the back of the building which is now a wood furniture maker.

Look at the stern of the the big schooner in the middle of the photo.  off the stern is The Phyllis A.  The oldest gillnetter in Gloucester and undergoing a major restoration project.

Read about and look at pictures of the restoration here in these Phyllis A posts

Thank you to Adam Gaffin at for the link to the picture.


File name: 08_06_023528
Title: Mass Views: Fishing schooner and fish market, Gloucester Harbor
Creator/Contributor: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 (photographer)
Date created: 1940 (approximate)
Physical description: 1 negative : film, black & white ; 4 x 5 in.
Genre: Film negatives
Subject: Fishing industry; Fishing boats; Piers & wharves
Notes: Title and date from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve.
Collection: Leslie Jones Collection
Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department
Rights: Copyright Leslie Jones.
Preferred credit: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.



  • Thanks for the photos! We are having fun trying to get her back! (and this land lubbing central mass kid is learning a whole lot)


  • That fish market was run by John Alexander,Sr and his wife. The piers in the background where the schooner and Phyllis A are mored were owned by Booth Fisheries Co. in 1940, Taken over by Bill Robinson of Ipswich and name changed to Beacon Marine Basin. During WW-2 they built small Landing Craft (LCI’s) in Ipswich and installed the engins at Beacon Marine. After WW-2, the Alexanders purchased the Beacon Marine Basin from Robinson and it is still operated by the family, I believe.
    Nice to see the photo spread on the Phyllis A. We visited the Friends of the Phyllis A. when in Gloucester July 7 for the Dahlmer Family Reunion..


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