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Introduction
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Title
Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Memorial
2)
Town, State
Gloucester, MA
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ID #
1880
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 16, 2010
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
August 16, 2010
6)
Site Worked Last
July 15, 2013
Description
A woman stands at the center of this tribute in bronze and granite to the wives of Gloucester, Massachusetts, fishermen. She gazes out on the harbor, and to the Atlantic beyond, by her side a boy and in her left arm a young girl. The wives of Gloucester’s fishermen have been looking out over this harbor, if you will, for close to 400 years, since the town’s founding in 1623. And over the centuries, on their time, they have sought and achieved ends required by family and community stability; and finally, when thousands of fishermen, their time having come, did not return, the wives have pulled together the strength and insight to go on -- beyond the deep. This Fishermen’s Wives Memorial remembers, honors and celebrates these women, their endeavors, values and families.

• The memorial was created by sculptor Morgan Faulds Pike. Her concept and design were selected, in a juried competition, by a local sponsor. The work’s site, at harbor’s edge, was designed by Ann Gilardi Johnson, herself the daughter of a Gloucesterman. The welcoming space includes plantings and seating, for contemplation. Argos Art Casting Foundry, Brewster, New York, made and installed the sculpture.

• Situated on Stacy Esplanade, about where Essex Avenue intersects Western Avenue (Route 127), on the harbor’s side, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial is across the bridge, or the cut, from the Fishermen’s Memorial, located on the eastern side of the Esplanade (see ID #1060).

• While the idea for such a wives tribute seems to have been afoot for decades, the effort to move from shadow to substance got under way, in retrospect, in 1991 when Ms. Pike first created concept drawings. A maquette followed, and it was submitted to the competition’s jurors. The memorial’s champion and lead sponsor is the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association. A not-for-profit group, this organization raised the funds to purchase needed materials and services, and town government funded the construction. Both organizations participate in its maintenance. The memorial was dedicated August 5, 2001.
Content
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1)
Community service
2)
Group of common citizens/persons
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Not Applicable
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Male and Female
5)
Caucasian
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Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Statue(s) w/wo pedestal
4)
Stone/rock and metal
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Average (life-size)
7)
Inscribed/lettered directly
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Text available, partial
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Under Consideration
9.1)
Image numbering/location
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Pike, Morgan Faulds
12.2)
Designer 2
Artist/Artistic Group: Johnson, Ann Gilardi
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Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Argos Art Casting Foundry 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Brewster 
13.3)
Fabricator State
NY 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Plaza arrangement
2)
Open Space , Water
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
6 Very Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
7 Exceptional
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
6 Very Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.6 Very Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
1935
5)
August 05, 2001
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Not Entered
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Not Entered
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Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government , Community Group/Not For Profit
Themes
1)
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No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
Social and Humanitarian Movements
Demography
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1)
File Number
95
2)
Town/City
Gloucester
3)
County
Essex
4)
District
Cape Ann
5)
State
MA
6)
Zip
01930
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
42.6094460000
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Longitude (GPS)
-70.6747540000
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Intersecting Street 1
Western Ave (Route 127)
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Essex Avenue (Route 133)
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Additional Identifier 1
Stacy Promenade
13)
Additional Identifier 2
14)
Links/Websites
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Auxiliary support group
16.2)
Government, Local
17)
17.1)
First Americans/Colonists 1492-1775
17.2)
Revolution: War/Governance | 1774-1788
17.3)
Washington to Lincoln|1789-1865
17.4)
1866-1913
17.5)
2001-current
17.6)
20th Century
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 16, 2010
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Correspondence
19.3)
Government Materials
19.4)
Newspaper
19.5)
Website
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Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
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Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
SITE MAINTENANCE and LEAD SPONSOR(S): Local government -- Gloucester, MA; Business/Commerce/Organization -- Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association (GFWA)
COMMENT [1]: The GFWA, to quote from its website, "is a non-profit organization promoting the New England fishing industry, helping to preserve the Atlantic Ocean as a food supply for the world, and assisting active and retired fishermen and their families to live better lives."
COMMENT [2]: The images of the work are posted with permission.



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