1877A fire on Commercial Street damaged the windmill and lumber buildings.Events & Anniversaries, Economy and Industry, Local Businesses, Fires

This photo shows artwork advertising the new Cunningham and Thompson building on Commercial Street, 1907. Herman W. Spooner, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 01285
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A fire on July 5, 1877, destroyed the lumber buildings of Swett & Co. The fire damaged the prominent windmill, which was located near Pavilion Beach and was an important landmark when entering the harbor.

Proctor Brothers. The Fishermen’s Own Book: Comprising the List of Men and Vessels Lost from the Port of Gloucester, Mass., from 1874 to April 1, 1882, and a Table of Losses from 1830, Together with Valuable Statistics of the Fisheries, Also Notable Fares, Narrow Escapes, Startling Adventures, Fishermen’s off-Hand Sketches, Ballads, Descriptions of Fishing Trips and Other Interesting Facts and Incidents Connected with This Branch of the Maritime Industry. Proctor Brothers, 1882. Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997.
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