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Stories of Gloucester

Gloucester's rich 400 year history is filled with compelling stories of love, loss, courage, triumph and 10,000 fishermen lost at sea. Check out Gloucester's new Harbor Walk, which highlights 42 story moments and award-winning short films that share our history and contemporary culture in remarkable stories.

See a short history of Gloucester here. Take a poetry tour (with photos) here.

If you're writing about Gloucester or know a story that must be told, please click here.

Below, we've collected some other stories you might enjoy. But the best way to experience Gloucester's rich stories is to come, visit, talk to the people who live here and see for yourself what America's original seaport and oldest working art colony are really like.

Short video telling the story of wind power in Gloucester

Wind Power from Nubar Alexanian.

True Story - Sinking of the Corinthian - Interview with survivors


Where'd They Go Gloucester's Official Song

Howard Blackburn

See the true story of Howard Blackburn, a Gloucester icon and hero, who survived 4 days lost at sea in the winter of 1883 by freezing his hands to oars and rowing 60 miles back to shore.

See video of Allen Estes & Fly Amero singing Not With Ya Hands (written about Howard Blackburn) at Celebrate Gloucester 2010.

Listen to a 4-part oral history of Gloucester. Recordings made in 1981 of Cigar Joe, born in 1898, who talks about fishing, smuggling and life in Gloucester during the early part of the 20th century.

In the video below, Sleepy Pallazola describes what it takes to be a good scuddler in seine boat competition. St. Peter's Fiesta features seine boat races every year.

See 50 more stories about life "down the Fort" in Gloucester.

See videos about The Legacy of Three Melissa’s and life in Gloucester during prohibition and the depression.

Since 1920, over two dozen movies have been filmed in Gloucester and Cape Ann. In 2000, Warner Brothers released The Perfect Storm filmed in Gloucester with an all-star cast including George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg as Captain Billy Tyne and Bobby Shatford -- two of the real-life fishermen, who were lost at sea.

On October 30, 1991 a powerful storm hit Gloucester sinking fishing boats out at sea and causing massive destruction along the coast. Sebastian Junger wrote The Perfect Storm in 1997. In 2000, Warner Brothers released the movie. See complete coverage of the storm, the Andrea Gail, the memorials, the book, filming in Gloucester, the movie release and more at a Gloucester Daily Times Special Website, here.

In 1940, T.S. Eliot wrote The Dry Salvages inspired by a rock formation off the coast of Cape Ann.

In 1919, Rudyard Kipling wrote Captains Courageous about Gloucester fishermen.