A true Gloucester waterfront legend, Erik Ronnberg, Jr., Cape Ann Museum, Marine Curator, is retiring.

My lifetime waterfront friend will be honored at a retirement celebration, Friday, September 30, 2022. All are welcome at the C.A.M. downtown campus, at 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Ron’s congratulatory letter to Erik follows: 

Dear Erik:


What wonderful news – your upcoming well-deserved retirement!  I am so happy for you, my lifelong waterfront friend. 

Just think, Erik, our association dates back to the 1940s.  You were a toddler in your dad’s rigging loft on John J. Burke’s Sherman B. Ruth’s outfitting wharf.  I was a frequent visitor to his rigging loft.

The year was 1947 and the brand-new scallop dragger “Bright Star” was in front of your father’s shop.  Recently launched from the Essex James yard, she was receiving your dad’s rigging.  F/V Bright Star was a beautiful vessel, and many years later, 2011, you would replicate it in a 30” model.  It’s this model, the Schooner Elsie, and the 1947 modern side trawler F/V Kingfisher, to name a few, that you have passionately recreated in model form that will forever serve as a tribute to Gloucester’s anchor industry history.  

To me, my dear friend, your professional model work, over a lifetime, on display at our own premier Cape Ann Museum,  as well as the nationally recognized Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.,  speak volumes about your professional career and your many contributions to the history of our Gloucester over the years.

Your career-ending tenure as Marine Curator of our own C.A.M. is such a wonderful contribution, a book end, to a lifelong artistic journey…your legacy to our Cape Ann community.


Ron Gilson

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