This morning our dear family friend and Gloucester Historian Ronald H. Gilson stopped by for a visit with a personally signed copy of his book “An Island no More” and a copy of a new released book he was involved in supplying his knowledge about World War II and Gloucester’s fishing fleet for the book “Battle Stars for the “Cactus Navy”” written by David D Bruhn for a history project daughter Amanda is currently researching. While enjoying warm cappuccino and a warm batch of Italian ricotta Donuts, Ron treated us to stories from his youth growing up on Cape Ann’s coastline during World War II “Battle of The Atlantic” and Gloucester working water front.
Ron, thank you for your friendship, compelling historical stories and thoughtful gift. We enjoyed every moment of your visit this morning!
Thank you Ron for this treasured gift of An Island No More!!!
Yesterday on our front porch my husband found a wonderful surprise package, not long a mystery from where it came with a lovely inscription from the author himself, Ron Gilson. An Island No More ~ The Gloucester I Knew
is a deeply personal and fascinating account of Gloucester’s working waterfront and its people, with hundreds of black and white photographs. I was immediately transported to Gloucester during the Great Depression and haven’t been able to put down the book. An Island No More is available from Amazon
or by contacting the author at P.O. Box 557, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Note: The little boy sitting on the dock and looking at the Emily Brown (see the book jacket illustration) is none other than RON at eleven years old, circa 1944.
To read more about Ron Gilson and An Island No More see the following GMG posts:
Ron Gilson of Gloucester lectured Wednesday night at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Waterline Center about working aboard Gloucester’s Schooner ‘Adventure’ back in 1951.
Ron Shows Us Old Photos From Gloucester’s Fishing Glory Times
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Here are some photos from Ron Gilson’s Home. Part One of the new video interviews come Monday morning at 8:00AM
Must read from Ron Gilson-Click the text to read the entire post-
Last week I spent time with Ron Gilson at his house and got three more interviews with him. The first will be posted in video form Monday morning at 8:00AM. I haven’t heard another person speak such perfect sense about Gloucester Harbor’s past, present and future than this man.
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This blog, hosted by noted author and Gloucester historian, Ron Gilson, will commence regular publication on Friday, March 20th, 2009. We look forward to your joining and engaging us as we embrace both the past and the future of America’s oldest commercial fishing port, Gloucester, Massachusetts.
I really enjoyed our three part interview with Ron this week. To check it out you can click on these links-
Ron Gilson Part I
Ron Gilson Part II
Ron Gilson Part III
Ron Gilson Author Of An Island No More, originally uploaded by captjoe06.
Gloucester’s True Fishing Industry Historian, Ron Gilson Talks About Gloucester’s Fishing Past In This Third Part Of Our Video Interview-
Gloucester’s True Fishing Industry Historian, Ron Gilson Talks About Gloucester’s Fishing Past In This Second Part Of Our Video Interview-
Coming soon to Dock Near You!
A blog, hosted by Gloucester waterfront historian, Ron Gilson, will launch a regular weekly publication in the immediate future. He looks forward to your joining and engaging him as he embraces both the past and the future of America’s oldest commercial fishing port. Please join Ron each week.
Gloucester’s True Fishing Industry Historian, Ron Talks About Gloucester’s Fishing Past