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44D2B573-ACAE-4701-9FD3-4118214852C7Just getting acquainted with this bustling city. The drivers make Italian drivers seem cautious. Crossing a street is not for the faint of heart

We spent some time today at the botanical gardens and joined in the annual Republic Day celebration. Also, we walked around the colorful and busy Ghandi Bazaar.

Tonight we will  hear a concert of traditional Indian music.







More Local History from Jude Seminara

                                               EDWARD NEWELL

This coming February marks the centennial of the loss of the Navy tug Cherokee off the coast of Delaware with the death of her commander, Gloucester native Edward Dolliver Newell, namesake of Newell Stadium at Gloucester High School.

Newell was born to prominent Gloucester dentist George Newell and his wife Carrie (Rust) on December 2, 1894. The Newell home was at 9 Hovey Street, nearby the field that would one day bear his name.  They were a well-known family; George practiced out of his office at 156 Main Street, and from 1934 to 1936, when he was in his eighties, served as mayor of Gloucester.  It is no surprise, then, that Edward distinguished himself as a master mariner while still in his late teens.

In October 1913, Newell graduated from the Massachusetts Nautical Training School — now Massachusetts Maritime Academy — and entered the merchant marine, serving aboard several civilian vessels.  Within a year, he was the third officer aboard the merchant ship Lexington, having previously served aboard the Rambler and San Juan, the latter making runs from New York to Puerto Rico.  Newell also earned a commission as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve and served aboard the USS Sterling.

When war broke out between the United States and the Central Powers, Newell joined the active Navy, and was sent to train in navigation in Boston.  Newell had distinguished himself sufficiently at sea to get a command of the recently commissioned Navy tug Cherokee.

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