1892The Fishermen’s Institute purchased the Duncan Street building known as Phoenix Block, which would become the organization’s home.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Local Organizations

Fishermen’s Institute, n.d. Jean Baer O’Gorman, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 12354
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The Fishermen’s Institute, which provided services for fishermen visiting Gloucester, was able to purchase 8 Duncan Street through a gift from Maria McClure for $13,000. After the purchase, the former pool hall and barbershop was turned into a chapel for religious services and lectures, a reading room, a library, and the Friendly Inn, where food was served.

Oaks, Martha. The Gloucester Fishermen’s Institute, 1891-1991: “A Social Center for Men of the Sea.” Gloucester Fishermen’s Institute, 1991.
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