Gloucester Essential Info


Gloucester is a city in Massachusetts. One of the country's oldest settlements, established in 1623, it serves as America's oldest seaport. Although the sea has recently contributed less and less to the city's economy, Gloucester is still a true New England fishing center as immortalized in the movie The Perfect Storm. Rocky Neck, The longest continually operating Art Colony in North America is also in Gloucester.

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  1. The book, The Perfect Storm, which recounted a massive storm of 1991, had figures based in the town. Scenes from the film adaptation by the same name were filmed there.
  2. Clarence Birdseye revolutionized American mealtime when he invented frozen foods in Gloucester in 1925.
  3. The Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial was built in 1925, is also known as is also known as the “Man at the Wheel” statue or “Fishermen’s Memorial Cenotaph”, and was included in the list of the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
  4. The town took its name from the city of Gloucester in South-West England.
  5. The town was an important shipbuilding center, and the first schooner was reputedly built there in 1713

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