1894-1896Rudyard Kipling visited Gloucester.Arts and Culture, Literary History

Bain News Service, R. Kipling, portrait bust, n.d., Glass negative photograph, Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2014680689/
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In 1892, Kipling met Dr. James Conland, a physician and member of the State Legislature who had grown up on Cape Cod and in his youth fished for the Gloucester fleet. His stories inspired Kipling’s work Captains Courageous, which led the author to visit Gloucester several times between 1894 and 1896.

During his first visit, on August 30, 1894, Kipling stayed for two nights at the Fairview Inn in East Gloucester. When he arrived, reporters from the Boston Globe, including Gloucester historian James Pringle, and the Gloucester Daily Times reporter Arthur Millett, were waiting for him at the dock.

Kipling stopped again at the Fairview Inn for one night on July 1, 1895, and finally made two additional visits to Gloucester in May and August of 1896, where he stayed at the Swift House. During these visits, Kipling spent time out on the water with Dr. Conland and other fishermen.

McAveeney, David C. Kipling in Gloucester: The Writing of Captains Courageous. The Curious Traveller Press, 199
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