Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

This week we visit with Al Bezanson who recalls his days working at Gorton’s Seafoods in Gloucester. As an engineer he worked on ways to improve their products, specifically the fish cakes. Al moors his schooner Green Dragon in Smith Cove and is enjoying his summer stay at Rocky Neck’s Accommodations, where we shot this video.





(Sorry about the poor sound quality in parts of this video. Still scaling the learning curve.)

Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013

Video © Marty Luster 2013

Flake yard photos courtesy Bodin Historic Photos.
© Fredrik D. Bodin 2013



  • I survived on Gorton’s Codfish Cakes when I was a kid. My mother “cut” the contents of the can with some amount of mashed potato, and cooked them in an old black “spider” frying pan. I loved them! Used to be, every market carried them, now they’ve become somewhat “boutique” in that they’re only available on the Gorton’s website. I guess I was classier as a kid than I thought! LOL


  • Good overview on Gorton’s really enjoyed this. Yes the codfish cakes were very good. They have Gorton’s in the commissary this way (South Korea), still one of my favorites from childhood.


  • Looking good Al – good interview Kathy, even if the sound wasn’t great in places. I loved Gorton’s fishcakes as a kid.


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