Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Massachusetts

State 19:

Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride!

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Massachusetts was one of the original thirteen colonies and became the 6th state on February 6, 1788. The capital is Boston .

On our one and only trip to Massachusetts we wandered around two gorgeous waterfront towns.

Our first stop was Gloucester where we visited the Fisherman’s Memorial. The Man at the Wheel Statue faces the sea. Across from the statue beside the waterfront is a List of Names honoring not only those men known to be lost at sea but also the men and ships lost without record. The number of men and ships who left from Gloucester and never returned is staggering.

Sebastian Junger’s book “The Perfect Storm” (and later the movie starring George Clooney) told the story of  the fishing vessel Andrea Gail from Gloucester that went down with all of it’s crew during the storm of the century in 1991. The names of the crew members are included on the List of Names at Fisherman’s Memorial.

Man at the Wheel Statue at the Fisherman’s Memorial, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial
Just a few names of the people lost at sea –  Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial

The Ten Pound Light was visible from the Gloucester waterfront. Many fishing vessels were tied up at docks.

Ten Pound Island Lighthouse, Gloucester
Gloucester Fishing Boats
Gloucester Fishing Boat

We also stopped to stroll around Rockport with it’s beautiful harbor.

Rockport Harbor
Rockport Harbor

To read previous posts about the states featured in this series just click on the state name: Alabama      Alaska      Arizona      Arkansas      California      Colorado     Florida      Georgia      Hawaii        Idaho  Illinois      Indiana      Iowa     Kansas     Kentucky     Louisiana     Maine     Maryland