1996West Wharf at Rocky Neck plunged into harbor.Arts and Culture, Economy and Industry, Location and Setting, Buildings & Architecture, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Bell, Bret, “Apartments plunge into sea.” Gloucester Daily Times. August 12, 1996.
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The pilings of a 19th-century era wharf on Rocky Neck gave way in August 1996, sending 17 to 20 tenants into the harbor, and many to the hospital with minor injuries. The two-story building had been the summer home to scores of artists over many decades who took lessons at Rocky Neck’s many art schools starting in the 1890s. The landmark 23-unit building with 39 residents fell into the harbor at low tide, which was reportedly lucky because the building’s first floor was half underwater at high tide the next day. This was not the building’s first collapse, as a portion of it had fallen into the harbor 42 years earlier, again with only minor injuries to its residents.

Bell, Bret, "Apartments plunge into sea." Gloucester Daily Times. August 12, 1996.
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