August 12, 1925
Memorial To Anniversary Nearly Ready
Proposal to Combine Dedication with Memorial Service to Lost
Most Fitting - President Invited
The permanent memorial of the 300th
anniversary will be dedicated on Sunday, August 23, as a part of the annual memorial
services for lost fishermen.
The unveiling and dedication of "The
Fisherman," a bronze statue of a man in oilskins at the wheel, may be attended by the
President of the United States. President Calvin Coolidge has been
approached on the matter and a picture of the statue and a letter of invitation to unveil
it was taken in person this afternoon by Reuben Brooks, secretary of the
Gloucester Fishermen's Permanent Memorial Association to the Presidential executive
offices in the Security building, Lynn. The matter has been previously taken up by
Congressman A. Piatt Andrew and ex-Mayor William J. MacInnis.
Plans for the dedication in connection with
the memorial services are going forward. The concrete base has been set. Work
on the mound which will cover the foundation and stand three feet above the street level
is already underway. A telegram was received yesterday by ex-Mayor MacInnis from
The Gorham Company of Providence, stating the statue would be out of their works by August
18, and would be delivered in Gloucester, and erected in time for a dedication on the
It is planned to hold the dedication at 3:30
o'clock at the location of the statue on the Western avenue esplanade. Exercises
will be brief. It will be unveiled by the President if the invitation is accepted.
The memorial exercises with the address will
follow at 4 o'clock and will conclude with the impressive ceremony of strewing garlands of
flowers on the ebbing tide as it rushed through the canal into the harbor.
More than unusual interest has been shown this
year in the coming services. The tragic loss of sch.
Rex which was cut down on Quero bank by the liner Tuscania
in June with the loss of 15 lives, has seemingly aroused more interest and sentiment of
people not only in the city but elsewhere. The double event of dedicating the statue
and holding the memorial services should prove an everlasting tribute of "They that
go down to the sea in Ship."
August 24, 1925 -
Throngs Packed New Parkway During Exercises