Category Archives: Beautiful Industry

Men At Work with a Smile

IMG_3371The driver of a 60 foot truck, finds it much easier to carry his load to the construction site versus driving down Commercial Street, and attempting to turn around.  The cooper tubing must have been at least 20 plus feet long and heavy.

 

 

 

 

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Keeping the Faith

I love this memorial.  It makes me sad…and it inspires me.

While I’ve previously researched it for my own purposes and have more than likely read about it here on GMG, when questioned about it the other day, I was at a bit of a loss for information.  So, I was happy to come home, look through my photos, and brush up a little.

I actually like to refer to the statue as “them” …because that’s what I see. While clearly it is a statue…I just see the family…a them.  Pained, proud, haunted, hopeful, wonderful, worried, scared, strong, certain, uncertain….and much more.  They are really beyond beautiful.

Please visit the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association here to read about the great work that they do, the Memorial, and more.  Below is a bit of what they include about the memorial.

On August 5, 2001, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) dedicated a monument to honor the women who have been – and are – the soul of fishing communities.

As Angela Sanfilippo, GFWA president, so eloquently said at the dedication ceremony:

“The memorial serves as a testimonial to what wives, mothers, sisters, and children of fishermen of the world have endured because their men chose to be on the water. They had no choice but to stand on rock, to be on land.”

Envisioned by the wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters of Gloucester fishermen, the memorial honors not only the faith, diligence, and fortitude of the wives of fishermen and mariners everywhere but also honors all women for their unselfish contribution to the well being of their families and their communities.

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Co-Authors of Fitz Henry Lane – Family and Friends

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Sarah Dunlap and Stephanie Buck co-authors of a book about Fitz Henry Lane.   The book can be purchased at the Gloucester Archive department, where Sarah volunteers, and also at the Cape Ann Museum where Stephanie works.

Also available at Amazon (Fitz Lane) 

 

Many thanks to both Sarah and Stephanie for all their help in my own research project.

 

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TO ALL OUR GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER FRIENDS

Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years!

Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree ©Kim Smith 2015 copyThe Prettiest Tree in All The Land, Inside and Out!
With thanks and appreciation to all the Lobstermen who donated their traps, Creator David Brooks and Crew, and all the Buoy-painters!
Cape Ann Lobstermen Rock!

Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree -1 ©Kim Smith 2015 copy

Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree -3 ©Kim Smith 2015 copy

Inside looking up

Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree -2 ©Kim Smith 2015 copy

 

Condolences from Homer Alaska For Heavy D’s Family and Friends

Dear Joe,

I was saddened to learn of Heavy D’s death, the news of which just reached us yesterday.

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I hope you will convey the condolences of our Homer fishing community here in Alaska to his family and friends.

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The wide waters of the oceans

Wrap the world around

And the strong embraces

Of Brother Fishermen reach every small dock.

We will lay a wreath and say our prayers here at our Seafarer’s Memorial on Homer Spit in Kachemak Bay, where my brother-in-law and several dear crewmen are remembered.

With our continued wishes,

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Geo Beach

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