1939 to 1969  


         High School, on Dale Ave., closed, reopened as Central Grammar School.     (18)

        Duncan's Point at the foot of Duncan St..  Building on the left with the smoking chimneys was the coal works, where coke was turned into gas.  The round structure above it was the storage container.  The large round buildings on the far right were also for gas storage.
(see below also, view from Vincent Cove)

       The photograph above is looking south down Vincent Cove from Bishop's Yard.

    The altar for the St. Peter's Fiesta (the religious Part in 1939.

        Gill net reels, same design as they used in Michigan at the turn of the century.

        Gortons cold storage

        Gortons new building

        "Gloucester Harbor" by Julius-Delbos.

        "Tommy Gershon" by Benjamin

        Shown here in the days when it was Gloucester's High School, it would be used for over 30 years as the Central Grammar School before being converted into elderly housing, and today, it is still going strong.


               Hotel Gloucester
 On the corner of Main Street and Water

        Looking down Rocky Neck with the
  Rudder restaurant painted yellow behind
 the women walking.

        "Shop East Gloucester"
        by Nell-Walker-Warner (date?)

        Date? "East-Gloucester"
                   by Muriel-Wolcoff 

         Sch. Yacht Blue Dolphin, Capt. Lawrence B. Dahlmer,  at Booth Fisheries wharf in E. Gloucester about 1940. She was built in 1926 by Shelburn Shipbuilding Corp, Shelburn, NS, Canada at 99'8" overall, 91t.displacement, 22'5"beam, 12' draft. She was taken for Naval service 6 April, 1942, out of service Jun.1945 at Boston, sold to Davit C. Nutt for oceanographic research in 1945. He also held 2nd. officer rank in the Merchant Marine and sailed for the Furness Lines between NY and Bermuda each winter.         by Bill Hubbard

        Canvas #165 Lawrence Dahlmer, in younger days, taking a sun shot on Granfather John A.'s Margaret D.

         Left hand side of the postcard shows "Wonsonhurst" on Rocky Neck.  Cottages
border the road running out to the Paint Factory.

        "St.Rosalie" by Gladys Wilkins Murphy

        "Andromeda" by Ann Brockman

        "Gloucester Waterfront" by Vladimir Pavlosky

        Photograph, Fishing Schooner                          "America", East Gloucester by  Charles W. Cushman

         "The Lake, East Gloucester"
                      by S.M. Sterne

 by Mary McGarrity Shore

        "Gloucester Harbor"
        by William-Malherbe 

        "Gloucester" by Gladys Wilkins Murphy

        "Fisherman's Wife" by Alfred Levitt


        Unloading at the State Fish Pier

        "Busy Bee" on the left…looking up
                             Main St.

        Boulevard Sweet Shop

        Looking down (westerly) Main St.

        Strand and North Shore Theater

         "The Harbor" by Clara L. Deike

        "New England Coke, Gloucester"
                     byRobert S.Bacon

 by Antonio Pietro Martino

        "Circus Day-Gloucester"
               by Reynolds-Beal

        Dory fishing replaced by draggers.      (18)


           The Louis T. under construction

 John Prince Story….
 "In March 1942 he took over the property across the creek from the Arthur Dana Story shipyards in the locality known as the former Alden Burnham property. His first order in this new location was a 70-foot gill netter valued at $35,000 for Capt. Peter O. Tysver of Gloucester which was launched November 15, 1942, and christened the Louis T."       (17)

        Arthur Dana Story in his yard.


         The Constitution being rebuilt at the Navy Yard in 1858.

         …"During the early part of the war, the Coast Guard had the stupendous task of photographing and fingerprinting upwards of 5,000 wharf workers and boat crews as a precaution against possible sabotage.  All sorts of precautions were taken by the Government which was absolutely necessary in time of war, but these regulations did in some instances work a hardship on the boats and crews."…… Another order from the Coast Guard stated that no enemy aliens, which included Italians, could go fishing for the duration of the war.  At that time, there were, in round figures, about 450 Italians fishing out of Gloucester.  Out of this number, there were at least 150 that did not have their final papers and were barred from fishing.  This necessitated running the Italian-American fishing boats with skeleton crews of seven or eight men.
   In April 1942, according to a Navy regulation, Gloucester became a closed port for the first time in its history.  No boats were allowed to leave for fishing trips before dawn or after sunset.  Thus, the port was closed to all water traffic during the dark hours of the night.  Navy patrol boats were on duty at the entrance of the harbor and also at the bay side of the Annisquam River to enforce this regulation."              (17)

        dragger unloading at
            State Fish Pier

        1942 Woolworth's Counter

        "Cape Ann Fishing Village-"
                   by Joseph-Wolins

        "Gloucester Harbor"
       by Donald Stuart Ross 

        "Mending the Nets"
      by William-Meyerowitz 

          Some 23 of the largest fishing draggers and trawlers were sold or leased to the Navy          (18)

        Continuing our effort to revive the fine merican sailing craft of yesterday, we are building a ketch based on the famous Virginia Pilot Boats.  We intend to build several, varied to suit individual requirements, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 ready for sea. Diesel or gasoline power.  Write for details.

        Tally's Corner, Gloucester by Gordon Parks

        St. Peter's Fiesta parade. (1935?

        "Fishermans Festival, Gloucester" by Sol Wilson  (date?)

         Deep sea fishing on the Yacht Avocet from the Town Landing. Photograph by Gordon Parks.

        Lawrence Scola in wheelhouse by Gordon Parks.  The Scola family lived "down the court" when I grew up.

        Gloucester Fishermen by Gordon Parks

        3 Fishermen at Fultons NewYork

        Gorton's strike, office working the line

        Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lopez, Gloucester
                            by Gordon-Parks

        ROTC by Gordon Parks

        "Gloucester Docks"
      by Robert-Connavale

        "Cargo" by Umberto Romano

        "Drying Nets" by Vera Andrus

        "Sketchers on the Rock"
               by Milton-Avery


         from Gorton's history…"In 1944 Gorton's introduced the first frozen fish steak, a forerunner of what has become a company staple. Five years later, Gorton-Pew made national headlines when it made the first refrigerator trailer truck shipment of frozen fish across the continent, from Gloucester, Massachusetts, to San Francisco, California. The trip took eight days."

         Grandfather's "Superior" served in the US Navy from 1942-1944 during WW-II ferrying gasoline and supplies to weather stations on the Newfoundland and Greenland coasts. Here she is tied up across town still displaying her large bow numbers.

        "Superior" taking on ice for a trip…the radio tower can be seen behind the wheelhouse, left over from her war duties.  On the right Grandfather John A. Dahlmer aboard "Superior".

        photo taken in front of grandpa Dahlmer's home on Hovey Street, cousin Jane Dahlmer, grandpa Dahlmer, and cousin Ruth Dahlmer

        "Looking from Pirate's Lane across the inner harbor looking at Duncan point by Cushman

              Captain Bill Lafond
            Gloucester Fisherman
                 byGordon Parks

        "Boys on the Docks" by Aaron Siskind

        A Salty 1940's Map of Cape Ann Larry O'Toole

        "Beach House (Porch and Chairs)"
                     by Milton Avery

        "Abandoned Quarry"
                by Leon-Kroll

        "Fishing Harbor" by Milton Avery

        "Harbor Mists" by John F. Carlson

        "Sea and Boat Fantasy"
                 by John-Marin

        "Italian Docks" by Nathaniel Dirk


“The Gloucester fleet was down to about 150 vessels in 1933, but another 100 draggers had been added by the end of WWII as the fisheries thrived.

        Liberty bonds

        Alexander's Fish Market in the corner
 of Beacon Marine Basin after the war (WWII)

        Duncan's Point

        From the Italian Docks Gloucester" by Nathaniel Dirk

        "Gloucester Harbor" by C.H. Johnson

        "Dreams of Death, Fitz Hugh Lane's House byVera Eugenia Andrus

        "Portrait of a Woman in a Red Coat" by Elaine DeKooning Aristodimos Kaldis

        "Salvaging the Anchor"
              by Harrison-Cady 

        "Still Life with Fish" by John Northey

        "The Northeaster" by Ted Kautzky
(with a little artistic license)


        St. Ann's Church steeple removed

        The Portuguese Church
     Our Lady of Good Voyage

          Portuguese Blessing of the Fleet
         Procession to the State Fish Pier

        Monkfish off the Breakwater

         Grandfather's "Superior" back from her WWII duty.

         Alexander's Fish Market and bowling alley, part of Beacon Marine Basin.

        "Mother Ann Lighthouse, Eastern Point"
                       by De Hirsh Margules

        "My father, George T. (Frenchy)
Hilliard" , portrait by my grandfather, F. John Hilliard

        "Schooner" by Robert S. Bacon

        "The Fish Factory" by Philip Reisman


        There were 2,000 fishermen and 280 fishing vessels when
 this Cape Ann map was drawn.            (18)

        The changing corner of Main and Pleasant streets.

        New Yorker Magazine cover

        "Gloucester Morning" by J.J. Enwright

       "Annisquam Sewing Bee" by
        Margaret Fitzhugh Browne

        "Fishermens Supper" by Philip Reisman

        "Gloucester Days" by Stow Wengenroth

        "Summer Evening" by Edward Hopper


        Gloucester Housing Authority incoporated. State law mandated "decent, safe, and sanitary House" for World War II veterans who could'nt find or afford it. (18)

        Capt. Bill Sibley and his father convert the boat brought down from Vinalhaven Me. into a small dragger that would day fish out of Gloucester for many years.  On the right, the Peggybell can be seen still going strong after 40+ years.
   Above, what is now Sailor Stans can be seen just forward of the pilothouse.  Freemont St. rises up from the intersection with Rocky Neck Ave. 

        "Gloucester Dock" by Emile Gruppe

        "Sunflowers By The Sea"
               by David-Burliuk 

        "The Wharfs, Gloucester"
             by Harry Allen Davis 


        Barracks from Portsmith Navy Yard were dismantled and re-erected on Burnham's Field, the Oval, and Lincoln Ave. for Veterans housing.       (18)
 Martha Harvey, noted photographer, died. (18)

        The "West End"….looking down Main St. with Washington St. to the left.  Teddy Barcas' restaurant is on the ground floor of the old hotel on the left, below it can be seen as Shepherd's market in the late 1800's.

        St. Peter's Fiesta parade through the Fort.

        Photographer in Harbor Cove and a Gloucester Sloop Boat at wharf.

        Inner harbor looking south.

        East end of the "Cut" bridge with the outer harbor beyond.

         Drawing of Smith Cove and the Inner Harbor.

        "Bursting Dawn" by Nathaniel Dirk

        "Impression of Gloucester"
                by Francois Gall 

        "Ocean Scene" by Cameron Burnside

        "Gloucester" by Nathaniel Dirk

        "Moonlit Night" by Albert Alcalay

        "Portrait of a Lady" by Ulysses A. Ricci


        Decline in redfish and other species resulted from over-fishing.     (18)

Wesley United Methodist Church on Prospect St. severely damaged by fire. (18)

Some 200 big draggers operated out of Gloucester (18)

        On Rocky Neck, down from the Studio Restaurant,
        today the "Accommodations"

        Canvas #142 Eastern Point Lighthouse and "Mother Ann"
Almost from the same vantage point that my father had taken the above photograph from.

        A.Piatt Andrew Bridge built across Annisquam River (18)

        Commemorative doors on bridge towers.

         Fiesta Parade

        Looking east down Western Ave., Stacey Boulevard and the outer harbor on the left.

        Head of the harbor boat building

          Looking down Rocky Neck in the 50's

        Looking down on Good Harbor Beach.

        "The Mackerel Seine" by Gordon Grant

        "Gloucester City Hall"
 by J. Jeffrey Grant

        "Gloucester Docks"
    by Charles-E-Luffman

        "Gloucester Docks"
      by Emile-Albert Gruppe 

        "Gloucester Harbor"
           by Joseph-Solman 

        "Rocky Neck"
 by Robert G. Bradshaw

        "Fishermen" by Joseph Raskin

        "Street Encounter" by Nell Blaine

        "Gloucester Harbor"
            by C.E. Mitchell

        "The Furies of Folly Cove"
            by Theodore J. Roszak

        "Gloucester Vista" by Henry Gasser

        "Portuguese Hill"
      by Olga Itasca Sears 

        Exy and Irving Johnson aboard Yankee.

         I was 20 months old when my parents brought
me out to see the "Yankee" off.


        Landings of ocean perch (red fish) reached 177,000,000 lbs., nearly 3/4 of total landings. (18)

          Edna Fae and the Enterprise tied up in East Gloucester.

        Dip-netting the fish out of the seine.

        Walker Hancock carving his WWII Memorial "Angel of Resurrection"

        "Yard in Gloucester"
          by Winthrop Turney

        "The Tuna Shed"
        by Philip-Reisman 


        Almost 1,700 people worked in  fish processing.      (18)


        Route 128 extended to Eastern Ave.      (18)

 First Baptist Church corner Middle and Pleasant Sts. and Cape Ann Historical Association Hardy- Parsons house recommended for removal.
       (18), GDT, Dec.10, 1953

         The wharves in the photograph above can be seen in the foreground in the picture below.

        The arrow shows the beginning of the Gorton's property in East Gloucester

        "A" shows Gloucester Yacht Yard.
         "B" the East Gloucester Elementary School.

        The arrow shows Brown's Yacht Yard today, formerly Gloucester Yacht Yard

        Looking out from East Main St into Smith Cove

        "Up For Repairs"
  by Alfred Gunner Bjareby

            "Drying Nets"
by Alfred-Gunnar-Bjareby

        "Gloucester" by Robert Deering

       Starting from the top:(A) the Atlantic Ocean, (B) East Gloucester, (C) South Channel, (D) State Fish Pier, (E) North Channel, and the intersection of Main and Prospect Sts. (F) before Urban Renewal.


        Some 221 million lbs. of fish landed. (18)

  Paint factory and Hydaway Bar on Duncan St., sail loft on Wharf St. and Marine Railway fires.  Fires on East Gloucester waterfront and lumber shed near Railroad Ave..           (18), GDT, Mar 25, 1991

        Looking northeast from the shore of Harbor Cove.  A "crows nest", used for spotting fish, can be seen towards the top of the mast in one of the boats.

        Emile Gruppe with Irving Johnson Captain of the Yankee.

        The Fiesta altar at the head of the Fort.

        St. Peter's Fiesta parade marching down Main St. into the West End.  The Strand theater is on the right, the "Busy Bee" on the right.

        One of the three Seine boats practicing for the St. Peter's
        Fiesta race.

        The Cardinal Blessing the Fleet.

        "Remember this man  Louis Blend..A Russian immigrant who was a street photographer. Started in 1926 and retired in 1976.  He took photos of tourists at the man at the wheel and other sites around the Boston area."

        Canvas #164 Man at the wheel with "Adventure" by L.A.Dahlmer

        1954 U.S Post Office carrier force


        The Pilot Restaurant on Rock Neck, (above right), Sibley's house can be seen in the background to the right.  Below, what it looked like on a flood tide.

         Canvas #16 17 Rocky Neck Ave., the Sibley's house.

         Tom Morse,  coming home from being stationed in Panama during the Korean War purchased "Kelpie".  Here she is tied-hauled at Capt.Sibley's wharf.

           May 1, 1955 …. Capt. Irving Johnson's brigantine "Yankee" returns to Gloucester, on schedule, after an 18 month, 40,000 mile around the world cruise.

        Russian,Polish, and East German factory ships began fishing Georges Banks.                 (18), GDT, Nov.24, 1997         
  Blynman Bridge opened 7297 times. (18)
  Fire on fishing dragger spread to Slade-Gorton plant in East Gloucester in January. (18), GDT, Mar. 25, 1991

        When I was in grammar school, this magazine was used as a teaching tool to encourage reading.

        Gorton's new cold storage under construction.

        "An East Gloucester Wharf"  By Frederick J Mulhaupt
 Looking across East Main St. at the Wonson Wharf, the railways at the end of Rocky Neck on the other side of Smith Cove, the city beyond on the other side of the inner harbor.

        "Street Scene, East Gloucester
              by Abraham Rosenthal 


        350th Anniversary of Champlain landing (18)

  Coast Guard abandoned Ten Pound Island Lighthouse and put up automated foghorn and small signal light.       (18), GDT, apr., 1990

         USS Ice Cutter "Evergreen" breaking Ice in Smith's Cove.

         Gortons East Gloucester

        Harbor Cove

        "Gloucester" by Patrick Civale

        "Picnic at the Whales Jaw"
          by Harry Lawrence Gage 


        City took Davis Bros. property on Rogers St. for off street parking.
   (18), GDT May 10, 1957
  Bradford Building fire, two men die. (18)
  Good Harbor Beach Inn, Hawthorne's Casino, Old Home Hall, Eastern Point Hotel, and Gloucester Yacht Yard fires. (18) Oct.21, 1957  
 Gloucester Marine Railway and Duncan St. fires. (18) March 25,1991

        Check date…this is Gloucester Yacht Yard fire
 dated 1955.

       Canvas #97  Huntress Home and     
                                   Explorer II

        Huntress Home sale authorized. (18) Had been used by the City as a home for women.
 Prospect Ct. starts at just to the left of the photograph above, I grew up in the fourth house at the end.

        Looking up Prospect Ct. in 1910.

        Arrow points up Prospect Ct., to the right, Huntress Home sits on the corner of Prospect and Allen Sts..

        "Giles" Grand Opening

        1957 St. Peter's Fiesta

        Portrait of Nell Blaine

        "Fisherman's Wharf Gloucester"
               by Edward L. Loper Sr.


        Ten Pound Island acquired by City from GSA.    (18),  GDT, Aug.17, 1979 Moorland and Oceanside Hotel fires.       (18), GDT, Dec.11, 1958

        "Tranquil Harbor"
 by Lawrence Nelson Wilbur

        "Gloucester" by Herman Rose

         1950's "Self-Portrait"
               by Oliver-Balf

        "Harbor and Green Cloth II"
                      by Nell-Blaine 


         Buildings in yellow, pretty much, removed in Urban Renewal I.
 (A) Building on the corner of Duncan and Roger St. saved.
 (B) Police Station and Fishermen's Institute torn down, turned into a parking lot.
 (C)  Building Center store saved, corner buildings removed for parking.
 (D)  Fitz Hugh Lane's Building saved.
 (E)  Some of these buildings saved and would become the Heritage Center.

 Almy, Bigelow and Washburn Department Store fire.      (18)

        Looking east down Duncan St

        Cooney Electric…entrance to                     Fisherman wharf on the right.

        National House, Elm and Main Sts.

        "Gloucester Wharf" by Eric Kreuzer

        "Excursion into Philosophy" by Edward Hopper

        "The Yankee Docking"
             by Emile-Gruppe

        Originaly Fitz Henry Lane's building, also known as the "Old Stone Jug"

        Sterling Hayden's "Wanderer"
 on the long blue ride to the South Pacific

        from Pavillion Mercato LLC - Birdseye - Gloucester

"Flash forward to 1959. Gorton's and Clarence Birdseye with his frozen fish sticks have pretty much put Frank Davis out of business, but things are still booming in Gloucester. They're bringing in more than 150 million pounds of food fish annually and it looks like things will only get better. However, in order to capitalize on the upswing, City Fathers realize that outmoded waterfront facilities need a major upgrade. The big question is, how will they get the money to do it?

Enter Urban Renewal, already a hot concept in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Revere, Somerville, and out as far as Lowell, Lawrence and Worcester. Don't forget, this is the Nineteen Fifties. People wear bow ties and crew cuts and definitely do not think outside the box. The whole Urban Renewal concept is based on the allure of that lovely Fifties romance with the brand, spanking New. And to get the New you have to destroy the old. Simple as that.

In fairness, the program was primarily aimed at eliminating substandard housing, and it did open up vistas and improve surface traffic. But our local planners saw Urban Renewal primarily as a tool to improve the waterfront. At the urging of HUD, the original Urban Renewal plan had been slated for a slice of “blighted” housing along the 128 extension and the B&M tracks. However, in the Fall of 1959 the City Council voted to drop the original plan and transfer their application for Urban Renewal to Gloucester's waterfront. The feds would provide ¾ of the funding. Gloucester's share was estimated at $850,000 but the Commonwealth of Massachusetts promised to pick up half of that amount. It looked like a great deal for Gloucester. So they got down to specifics.

Now it's December 1961, and a consultant named Dorn L. McGrath, of the Planning Services Group of Cambridge, pitches a bold concept to City Fathers. He proposes what he calls “a radical real estate redevelopment program.” He tells the assembled city councilors and other dignitaries that, “the waterfront is a naturally fascinating place, but we must keep foot traffic out of the marine railway area and other industries on the waterfront.”

The plan, which stretches from Vincent's Cove to the beginning of Harbor Cove, includes about 36 acres of waterfront property, and identifies 166 buildings, of which 96 are “substandard.” Sixty-five families will be displaced, but that's OK. The plan calls for each family to be given a $200 relocation payment. This typifies the kind of thinking that had been going on for decades in Gloucester, ultimately displacing hundreds of families in the downtown area.
The Fisheries Commission, Gortons, the Chamber of Commerce, Cape Ann Bank & Trust, the Planning Board, the Industrial Development Commission, the Housing Authority - Everybody likes it! Everybody, that is, except people like Margaret Mason, who lives down behind the Fitz Hugh (now Henry) Lane house. At this meeting she tells McGrath, “Where we live now is where we can afford. How are we going to be able to find someplace else for the same price?” McGrath says this is “an important question.”

It was a “radical real estate redevelopment program,” all right. In the end, among the demolished buildings were the Quincy Market warehouse, the Thomas Sail Loft the Gas Co. Building, Thurston's Garage, the Gloucester Hotel a multitude of bars, restaurants, retail establishments, dwellings and, of course, the old Frank E. Davis factory, which was built so solidly they had a hell of a time tearing it down. All gone forever – the teeming diversity, the organic fit of function and form that consultants now refer to as “authenticity,” supposedly much in demand among the tourist set… Gone."


          A hockey game on a frozen Smith Cove


 by E.J. Lefavour

….."He was a kind of scruffy character who grew catnip, which he walked the streets of Gloucester selling, followed by a clowder of cats. Does anyone else remember the Catnip Man, called Catnip Bill? He was the subject of the children’s book ”Catnip Man” written in 1951 by Rockport author, Ruth Holberg.

According to Stephen P. Hall of Beverly, the Capnip Man’s real name was William Albert Joseph Patrick Swayne Luscomb."

        Peter's on the corner of Wonson St. and Rocky Neck Ave.   Years before it had been the "Last Stop"…the last stop on the trolley line, in an earlier time.

         1903: The "Last Stop" can be seen in the bottom right corner.                                  

        Kennedy's parade in Gloucester

        "Gloucester Harbor"
           by Harry Leith Ross 

        "Drying Gillnets Arnold's Wharf, East Gloucester" by James Jeffrey Grant

        "Gloucester Boats" by Roger Vernam

         "Gloucester Harbor"
         by Harry Leith Ross 

        "Farm House, Gloucester"
            by David Wu Ject-Key 

        "Nickerson's Pool"by Leon Krol

        "Good Harbor Beach"
         by Theresa-Bernstein

        "Fishermens Houses"
by Charles Edwin Lewis Green 


        Snow drifts reached 14 feet.      (18)
  Urban Renewal project proposed to restore waterfront.    (18), GDT, Dec.21,1961 There were 61 properties listed for Urban Renewal appraisal.    (18),GDT, Dec.13, 1961 Bradford Building fire. (18), GDT, Feb.4,6 1961

        HUIPIE 1961         from "All My Girls" by Capt. Tom Morse

One of the cutest girls l ever laid eyes on was a sad sight the first time I saw her
Tucked away in a darkened nook at the Old Mother Hubbard Dog Food Company-Billy Hubbard, one of the owners of the dog biscuit factory on the corner of Prospect Street and Railroad Avenue, had bought the 75-year-old, 18-foot Plum stem boat years ago, he told me, always hoping to find time to put her back into shape. But now that his family business was about to dissolve, and the old wooden building was slated to be torn down, Billy said he had no choice but to sell her. We wheeled and dealed down to a mere Cnote, and I delivered her to my friend Bill Sibley‘s dock on Rocky Neck. She was named Huipie, a Dutch nick name given to my wife Bertha when she was a child. Now it was just a matter of finding the time and money to fix Huipie up.”

        Cousin Bill Hubard's old timer…first boat I ever sailed on.

        "Gloucester" by Eino Natti a Folly Cove Designer


        About 110 million lbs. of fish were imported, 42 million lbs. of cooked and breaded fish items produced.       (18)
  Winslow Homer's painting "Breezing Up" reproduced on commemorative stamp.          (18) GDT, Dec.13, 1962


  East Gloucester wharf destroyed by fire, dragger damaged. (18) GDT, Apr.11,1962

        House, Gloucester by Ansel Adams

        "Drydock Gloucester Up for Repairs"
           by Margaret Huntington Boehner

           "The Harbormaster"
by Margaret Fitzhugh Browne 


        Master plan adopted in principle by City Council. (18) GDT, Feb.4, 1967
  Joseph E. Garland published "Lone Voyager" (18) GDT, Jul.28, 1988
 Between 1963 and 1968 Battery A was alerted or placed on stand-by alert seven times for possible civil disturbance duty in the Boston area. (18)

        Looking out into Smith Cove from East Main St. with Rocky Neck opposite.

        Fish shacks along the North Channel

        This was painted by my grammar school at teacher, Sister Mary Theodora.

        "Sun in an Empty Room"
             by  Edward Hopper


         Old oil fired electric plant burns

        Urban Renewal saved Fitz Hugh Lane House for preservation. (18_GDT, Oct.14, 1964

        by Peter Anastes
    My father behind the counter of Peter's on Rocky Neck, summer 1964, just before he sold the business and retired. Note the flowers, my mother's touch (from her garden), and the signature bow tie. Check also the prices of the sandwiches, especially lobster salad. (Photo by Barbara Erkkila, Gloucester Daily Times)

        The Big Wheel on Essex Ave. in West Gloucester.

          Route 66 was an American television drama that ran from 1960 to 1964, staring Martin Milner and George Maharis.  In 1961 they visited Gloucester, and their "bachelor" apartment was 19 Rocky Neck Ave for the show.  Later it would become Joan Kerry's Gallery.

         Canvas #28    19 Rocky Neck Ave. by L.A.Dahlmer

        Thurstons Garage at 6 Pearce Street

        Woolworth's Counter


        1964 Fiesta, Phil and Gerry duo

        "Fishing Boats, Gloucester"
                   by Carl W. Illig 

        opened 1969


         Captain Bill Sibley and Friends, in his winter workshop, having a good talk.
 left to right: Capt. Tom Morse, Bill Muise, Joe Garland, Capt. Sibley

           The shop back in the 20's

        Early 1900's as a gallery/ studio

        Capt.Tom Morse aboard "KELPIE"

        When Capt. Bill had the larger Peggybell II built he sold the original to
 Bill Muise. 

         Corner of Rogers and Pearce Streets

         Leo Chisholm Printers

        Fishermen's Institute

        Police Station

        George Welch's Service Station
                   119 Rogers Street

        Hotel Savoy, Corner of Water and
                        Main Streets

        T. Cooney&Sons 37 Rogers Street

        Joe's Dugout

        Thompson residence, 6 Ivy Hill Court

         Michel's Diner and the A&P

        Nite Cap package store, Main St.

        Before it became The-Crows Nest it was The-Paramount

        Michel's  Cape Ann Diner on the
 corner of Elm and Main St.

        For many years you could have your photograph taken with the statue, the negative developed on location, and gone home with a "Gloucester" souvenir.

        YMCA built on the site of Solomon's Temple      (18) GDT, Nov.30, 1965
  Thorwald Hotel fire.      (18)

        "Red and Gray Gloucester Harbor"
                       by Adrian Dingle 

        Canvas #45 Capt. Bill in his shop

        and now


        Urban Renewal began, central waterfront cleared for highway and industrial redevelopment.     (18),           GDT, June11,1966

        The new YMCA under construction.

        Harbor Park included in Urban Renewal Project. (18) GDT, Feb.8,1966

        So Davis utilizes another cutting-edge technology – a newfangled construction method called reinforced concrete – to create the Frank E. Davis factory on Rogers St. Davis' big thinking and innovative use of technology pay off. By 1915 his company is the largest such in the world. It employs 100 workers and boasts 200,000 customers.  Davis Brothers building being demolished.

        33 Fort Square, Cape Ann Fisheries

        Canavas #111    Burke's Bazaar

        Looking up Water St. towards Main St., Burke's Bazaar on the left, the Kazbar Lounge on the right.

        Burke's Bazaar at 11 Water St. before demolition.

        This is what the block looks like today, after Urban Renewal I.

         "Nick's" Poolroom on Main St. …
 I can still hear Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" playing on the juke box...

        Former Giles Chapel on Rocky Neck sold to Christian Science Church.            (18)           GDT, Feb.8, 1966
 Joseph E. Garland published That Great Pattillo         (18) GDT, Jul.19, 1966

        Before Urban Renewals Destruction

         The "Night Cap" on Main St. across from the Blackburn building.

        The "Green Tavern"…they would carry the bar down the street to their new location in the Blacburn building.

        "Fats Wallas" on Main St. in the West End.

              A List of the Bars in Gloucester

 Fat’s Walla’s
Anchor Cafe
Green Tavern
The Vets Club
The Hydaway
The Main Deck
The Dugout
Old Timers
The Silva Perch
The Nightcap
Maggie Wallace’s
The Depot Cafe
The Pier Cafe
The Paramount
Busy Bee
The Lebanon Club

Clubs with bars:

        The area before demolition.
 Below, after the block had been cleared.  The arrow points to the Fitz Hugh Lane building.

        "Susan Coffin" by Earle T. Merchant


        Gloucester Marine Railway transformed into million-dollar-a-year business (18)
       Schooner "Caviare" returned home to Gloucester.       (18)     GDT, Jul.22, 1967 

        "Gloucester" by Fred Smith

        "Rain in the Harbor"
  by Lawrence Nelson Wilbur 

        "The Boatyard" by Mayo Sorgman


        Before the Urban Renewal II teardown.  The large structure in the photograph on the left was the old cold storage building.  Photo on the right is my TR3 driving down Main Street with the Texaco station in the upper  left

        First annual Great Schooner Race.       (18)     GDT,  Aug.12, 1972    

First United States factory fishing vessel built.      (18) GDT. Dec.19, 1968

  Harbor study undertaken.      (18)     GDT, Jun.22, 1868

  Gloucester to Nova Scotia ferry proposed.     (18)           Dec.19,1968

  Gorton's became subsidiary of General Mills.      (18)     GDT. Jan.30, 1977

  Schooner "Truant" found after huge sea and air search.     (18)     GDT, Aug.20,1968

         First annual Great Schooner Race.  (18)

        Boat Hull 1960s Gloucester by Ansel Adams

        Looking down on the end of Parker St. with the Head of the Harbor (North Channel) behind, soon to be leveled with Urban Renewal II

        Intersection of Hancock and Main St., looking towards the "West End".

        North Shore Theater demolished.

        "Jewels of the Sea"
      by Walter Bollendonk 

         A sighting tower during WWII turned into a residence on Eastern Point…?


                                         GDT                  December 31, 2008
Charles Olson today
20th-century Gloucester poet remains relevant into the 21st century
By Gail McCarthy

…"Olson summered in Gloucester as a child. His life would take him to many places, but in the end he settled here. His final masterpiece, "The Maximus Poems," would be based on Gloucester.
When Douglas Brinkley, an American author, noted history professor and national radio and television commentator, pulled together a panel in 1999 to choose the top 15 American poems of the century, "The Maximus Poems" came in at number 15, in a list that included works by poets such as T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost.
Sam Cornish, the current and first poet laureate of Boston, first introduced Olson to Cook when he was a student at Emerson College. But it wasn't until Cook moved to Gloucester that he learned so much more.
Cook, 34, an English teacher at Gloucester High School for a decade, wants to share with the community the continued relevance of Olson's ideas into the 21st century.
"A lot of the issues we are facing in Gloucester, about the Fort, the waterfront and ideas about education and the larger national issues, are right there in his poetry," said Cook. "By the end of the 1960s he was mad at Gloucester, for the urban renewal that was happening.""

        The Green Tavern was located on the first floor of the building that Howard Blacburn had built in 1900.

        "Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, William A. Anders and James A. Lovell awarded Mariner's Medal for man's first lunar orbit."


        "Explosion at Quincy Market Cold Storage and Warehouse, Rowe Sq."
"Rowe Sq. was originally called Rose Bank." (18)

         Capt. Tom Morse has a new boat built in Deltaville, Virginia, and he named her the "Moby".

        Fire at the end of the Fort.

        Cressey's Beach with Stage Fort Beyond.

         "Charles Olson"
             by R.B. Kitaj

        "Self Portrait" by Earle Merchant

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