London, UK – Statue of Queen Anne; Gloucester, MA – The Fishermen’s Memorial
The Fisherman’s Memorial at the Gloucester Harbor in Gloucester, Massachusetts commemorates fishermen who have been lost at sea through the years. The statue at the memorial is also called “Man at the Wheel” as it depicts a fisherman holding the helm of a ship. The memorial is not only a tribute to the dead but also a reminder of how dangerous the occupation is. Contained within this memorial is a time capsule that contains forty-seven items that capture the culture and history of Gloucester in 1923 when the statue was commissioned. The inclusion of the time capsule emphasizes the importance of legacy to the individuals who commissioned the project. The statue also became a symbol of Gloucester’s Gorton Fisheries in 1904, demonstrating the pride citizens of Gloucester express for the courage of the fishermen. There are even well-known names on the register of the memorial like the crew of the “Andrea Gail,” which is the ship that is the epicenter of the novel The Perfect Storm.
Like the statue of Queen Anne, the Fishermen’s Memorial illustrates the location’s connection to the sea and the importance it had to the society that the statue belongs to. Queen Anne reigned during a time of significant developments in the English navy which was influenced by Britain's increased concern with its political climate. The English navy would later become the Royal Navy and played a major role in many of the wars that Britain would participate in through the years. The Fishermen's Memorial is an acknowledgment of the dedication and sacrifice of not only the fishermen but their families, as well. A memorial for fishermen's wives has been added to the area of the Fishermen's memorial, and the name register has opened up to include women and children and fatalities not only occurring at sea, but those that have occurred in harbors, rivers, and lakes alike.
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