Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial
Public Art : Gloucester Fisherman's
Also known as : Man at the Wheel statue or
Fishermen's Memorial Cenotaph
Sculptor : © Leonard Craske (September 19th, 1880 –
August 29th, 1950)
Description : The 8-foot-tall (2.4 m), bronze statue
of a fisherman braced at the wheel of his ship was erected to commemorate Gloucester's 300th anniversary and also
as a memorial to the thousands of local fisherman who lost their lives at sea. Craske modeled the fisherman after
Captain Clayton Morrissey, a prominent Gloucester fisherman and captain of the Effie M. Morrissey. The fisherman
was deliberately posed to look as though he was in rough seas facing the wind. The base was cut roughly to
add to the drama of the scene.
Cast by : Gorham Company of Providence, Rhode
Cost : $10,000
Location: The "Man at the Wheel" can be found on
South Stacy Boulevard, near entrance of Stacy Esplanade in Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA.
Background: Around 1924 The Gloucester Tercentenary
Permanent Memorial Association sponsored a sculpture 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. The winner was British born sculptor Leonard Craske who had spent long hours aboard fishing
schooners studying the lives of fishermen.
Trivia : The book and subsequent film The Perfect
Storm was about a Gloucester commercial fishing vessel Andrea Gail and her crew who were lost at sea
during the "Perfect Storm" of 1991.
The Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial was added to the National Register of Historic Places in
The schooner Effie M. Morrissey was named after Captain Clayton Morrissey's sister.
The Effie M Morrisey still sails today but is now known as Ernestina, an official vessel of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.