1925Leonard Craske’s Man at the Wheel sculpture was installed on Stacy Boulevard and became the symbol of the city.Arts and Culture, Events & Anniversaries, Dedications, Art

Dedication of the Man at the Wheel, Fisherman’s Memorial statue, August 23, 1925. William Hoyt, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 10964
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The English sculptor Leonard F. Craske designed the sculpture, known as the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial after the Gloucester Tercentenary Permanent Memorial Association selected his design for the art competition to commemorate Gloucester’s 300th anniversary “and to permanently memorialize the thousands of fishermen lost at sea in the first three centuries of Gloucester’s history.”

A small plaque on the north or street-facing side of the base reads, “Memorial To The Gloucester Fisherman, August 23, 1923.” A larger recessed panel on the harbor-facing side of the base holds an inscription of bronze letters taken from the Bible’s Psalm 107:23, which reads: “They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships 1623-1923.”

“Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial, Featured in Maritime History of Massachusetts--A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary.” https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/maritime/glo.htm.
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