springtime Stacy Boulevard | Fishermen’s Wives memorial, Man at the Wheel, and all those tulips & blooms thanks to Generous Gardeners volunteers #GloucesterMA

FISHERMENS WIVES MEMORIAL and pink tulips,sculptor Morgan Faulds Pike_Spring sunrise on Stacy Boulevard_5 May 2020 _Gloucester Ma., covid-19 © c ryan

 

tulips in spring sunrise on Stacy Boulevard_5 May 2020 _Gloucester Ma., covid-19 © c ryan (2)

May 2020, Gloucester, Mass.

Original concept designs for Stacy Boulevard in 1908 were by Thomas Warren Sears,  major 20th century landscape designer and Olmsted student.  Recent garden expansions were designed by Ann Gilardi Johnson with DPW for the City of Gloucester and with Generous Gardeners. The Betty Smith Garden has sprung, too!

Gloucester’s Fishermen’s Wives memorial by Morgan Faulds Pike

Gloucester’s Fisherman at the Wheel Memorial (Man at the Wheel) by Leonard Craske

Nicolo “Nicky” Vitale Obituary | Gloucester Fisherman

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Nicolo “Nicky” Vitale obituary

Gloucester – In loving memory of Gloucester Fisherman Nicolo Vitale 49, who passed away on April 20, 2020 at Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Known fondly as Nick or Nicky to many, he was born in Gloucester, MA on April 24, 1970. He was the son of Maria (Groppo) Vitale and the late Giuseppe Vitale of Trappeto, Sicily.

He grew up in Gloucester until the early eighties before he moved to Trappeto, Sicily with his parents and his younger sister. He returned to Gloucester in 1988 where he remained living until the sea winds called upon him.

Nicky was a fisherman for most of his adult life. Nicky deeply enjoyed being a fisherman on the open ocean, especially with a crew of friends or family. Anyone that knew Nicky personally, was lucky enough to experience his hearty laugh and infectious and bright smile. He was always happiest when he was surrounded by his closest friends and family, as well as, making his rounds in visiting with people at a local coffee shop, or at the St Peter’s Club, or his favorite pizzeria or at someone’s house for espresso. He loved to joke around with the best of them and just cared to make people laugh and smile and enjoy each other’s company! Continuing with his Sicilian traditions always remained important to Nicky, such as being with family and friends for St. Joseph’s Day and the St. Peter’s Fiesta. No one can deny the enormous and genuine heart Nicky had; he would do anything for anyone if they asked or if he saw they needed help, he’d just jump right in, no questions asked!

In April 2001, Nicky earned his 100 – ton captain’s license, an accomplishment he was very proud of. In 2003, he earned his GED from Gloucester High School. Following his return back to the States, Nicky mainly built a life out at sea as a local fisherman and he fished on the following fishing vessels: Stella Del Mare, Angela & Rose, Christina Eleni, Miss Trish, Miss Sandy, Miss Trish II, Cathy C, Sabrina Maria, Razo, Kayla Maria, and the Helen S III.

He is survived by his loving mother Maria, sister Angela (Vitale) Regina, beloved nephew Antonio Regina who he adored with every fiber of his being, brother-in-law Paride Regina and maternal grandparents Giuseppe and Lucia Groppo, all of Trappeto, Sicily. He also leaves behind his Uncle Leonardo Vitale and aunt Rosalie, Uncle Pasquale Vitale and aunt Giovanna, Uncle Francesco Groppo and aunt Crocetta, all of Gloucester and Aunt Piera Vitale of Terrasini, Sicily. He will be remembered fondly by cousins Nicolo Vitale of Naples, FL and wife Angela, Rosa (Vitale) Geomelos of Danvers and husband Lenny, Paul Vitale of Gloucester and wife Justine, Angela Vitale of Gloucester and fiancé Rick, Nick Vitale of Gloucester, Fabrizio Vitale of Clearwater, FL and fiancé Sally, Maria (Groppo) Carpenter of Gloucester and Daniel, Enza Groppo of Gloucester, Nicolo Vitale of Brussels, Belgium and wife Enza, Mario Vitale of Terrasini, Sicily and wife Fanny and Daniele Vitale of Terrasini, Sicily and wife Gessica. He also adored his godchildren Kayla Collibee and Ava Vitale. He had many cousins, including in California, Germany and Sicily, and some wonderful friends that treated Nicky like family.

He is predeceased by his father Giuseppe Vitale, uncle Antonino Vitale, grandparents Nicolo and Angela Vitale, and cousin Angela A. Vitale.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, visiting services with his family were held privately. A memorial mass and Celebration of Nicky’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Nick’s Fishermen’s Safety Fund through Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 to help provide personal safety devices to fishermen. Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit http://www.greelyfuneralhome.com.

Gloucester Daily Times published the obit on April 27, 2020

Tributes for Nicky at St. Peter’s Club (Donations left at St. Peter’s club for covid-19 with tributes to Nicky since last week. His death came just shy of his 50th.)

 

Updated – with message from Rose

“It’s been so wonderful to see how the community of Gloucester has found their own ways to remember my cousin Nicky in an honorable manner. Seeing the flowers on the benches at the St. Peter’s Club, the flags flying at half mast in his rememberance, and the many nice things people expressed about him on Facebook or verbally, has been heart-warming during this difficult time for my family. What’s been lovely to hear or see are all the common themes expressed about my cousin Nicky ~ he had a huge heart, would do anything for anyone, and donned even bigger smile! Those sentiments mean so much to all of my family because they most certainly are true! Someone I was speaking to the other day said something that really clicked with me and choked me up a little and I thought it was truly special when she said, “You know Ro, Nick was like the son of Gloucester!”… I LOVED that because he loved going around town to visit with, chat with and have his espresso with people he truly cared about and enjoyed seeing. He did often drive around Gloucester and became a staple in many family’s homes or at the various wharfs around town, or the St. Peter’s Club, or Sebastian’s Pizza, or where ever he popped in to say hi, joke a bit, laugh a bit or just wanted to plain say hello to someone. When I think about it I can only smile because I guess all that matters is that it made my cousin’s day when he received the smiles back at him! R.I.P Nick Your hearty laugh and big smile was taken away much too soon from Gloucester!” 

 

“He Was the Type of Guy Who Would do Anything for You” Gloucester Daily Times, 4/22/2020 by Sean Horgan: Read the article here;  and another short piece by Horgan, with photos by Paul Bilodeau, also Gloucester Daily Times

October 🌈 around Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial

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background sky beyond Man at the Wheel with faint rainbow arching to Gloucester Tavern

Big October skies for Gloucester, MA. Yesterday’s afternoon rainbow was radiant, vast and fast

Amazing Gloucester High School trip to Spain and Portugal

Over the April 2017 school vacation, Gloucester High School students and chaperones traveled to Spain and Portugal. Report from the trip:

Mr. Celestino Basile, World Language Coordinator at the High School, led the group through visits to Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Costa del Sol, & Granada, as well as many other fascinating spots in Spain before heading to Lisbon, Portugal. Basile has brought many groups of GHS students to Europe over the years. While in Seville, on Easter Sunday, some of the Spanish exchange students who had visited Gloucester in September 2016 (staying for 3 weeks with GHS students and their families, and attending GHS with their hosting student) were able to meet up with and visit the Gloucester group. What an amazing opportunity for these kids, thanks to Mr. Basile! Highlights included a flamenco evening, an evening cruise, visiting the beach at Costa del Sol, and re-connecting with the exchange students who had visited Gloucester.

In Gloucester,MA, one must experience Fisherman at the Wheel,  the iconic bronze memorial by Leonard Craske installed in 1925. While in Madrid one must visit Oso y El Madrono– the bear and strawberry tree– the 1967 monument to the symbol of Madrid by artist Antonio Navarro Santafé.  Bears are common symbols worldwide but a bear leaning on a strawberry tree and eating the fruit heralds solely Madrid. Before that sculpture commission, Santafé modeled Madrid’s Bear of Berlin as well as sculpture gifts for dignitaries based on Madrid’s memorable coat of arms. Madrid’s bear was modeled on a local one* captured in the Picos de Europa mountains and sent to the zoo in El Retiro. “The bear, more than Difficult, it is ungrateful, because it is animal in a heavy way, and the sculptor has to guess its anatomy through its imposing fur coat. Anyway, like everything done by God, and for Nature, it is beautiful.” 

“My bear, which is the Bear of Madrid, in the fabulous wheel of the Puerta del Sol!” Antonio Navarro Santafé

The Gloucester High School students were there! And the Prado, and…

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Antonio Navarro Santafe, Parque de Berlin Oso de Berlin, Madrid

 

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Spanish language teacher and chaperone, Heidi Wakeman, sent two photos and summarized the trip for Good Morning Gloucester:

“37 students, 6 chaperones, 2 countries and 1 Spanish tour guide = ONE AMAZING TRIP! The GHS trip to Spain and Portugal was an exciting, educational and exhausting excursion!  We landed on Wednesday, April 12 and started sightseeing right away (El Prado museum, to see Las Meninas, el Greco, among other masterpieces).  There were cathedrals, churches, plazas and palaces.  A highlight was the reunion with Spanish students that lived here in Gloucester last fall. Students spoke and listened to a lot of Spanish, then Portuguese as we finished in Lisbon.  As a middle school Spanish teacher at O’Maley, I was so grateful for the experience: my first time chaperoning an overseas trip, and my first time to Spain! The kids will never forget this trip, and neither will I!”- Heidi Wakeman

Sevilla, Spain from Heidi

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Chaperones, Toledo Spain, from Heidi

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*Local inspiration:

Anna Hyatt Huntington modeled Joan of Arc at her Annisquam home Seven Acres in part from poses of her niece, Clara, and Frank, a ‘magnificent Percheron’  from the Gloucester fire department. The Gloucester cast is a monument to the WW1 heroes of Gloucester. Leonard Craske’s Gloucester Fisherman at the Wheel is a debated composite.

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oral history transcript 1969 A Hyatt Mayor Adores his Aunt Anna Hyatt Huntington (read by Marie Demick)

Tourists – Ohio, Alabama, California, Arkansas Visit Gloucester

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Couple from Ohio, enjoy Gloucester Harbor

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Couple from Alabama, ski in Colorado in the winter and visit Gloucester in the Fall

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Couple from the San Francisco Bay area love the east coast

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River Barge Operator from Arkansas loves Gloucester’s open harbor

Chickity Check It!

Forwarded by Adam Gaffin at www.universalhub.com

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 07:59 PM EST

The monstrous serpent was real!

Did the Gloucester fisherman see a massive tuna, or a serpent? And what are we conjuring, when we imagine the sea?

By Ben Shattuck

click for article

Update To The Post By Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon From The Infamous Fred Buck (Update At Bottom)

Hi Joey, I recently joined the Gloucester Writers Group.
On Jan. 17th I attended my first meeting, The Inaugural Meeting of
Fish Tales, Live Story Telling. I would like to share my story and pictures
with your readers. Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

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Fish Tales
My Dad, Mike Frontiero, was a Gloucester Fisherman My Dad had many fish tales to tell. I remember my Dad taking a big piece of paper and with pencil in hand he would draw and explain the process of catching fish to me. He would draw a picture of his boat, the winch, doors and net and explain how the drag net is set by lowering the doors with the net into the ocean. The doors are at the end of long steel cables attached to the boat and the winch. The net is shaped like a big stocking. The doors keep the top of the stocking open to scoop up the fish. After several hours of towing the doors and the net are hauled up, closing the doors in the process. To do this a strong winch coils up the cables. With the doors secured at the side of the boat, the net is then hauled up high above the deck. The bottom of the net is pulled open, like opening a purse, dumping he fish on the deck for sorting. Then it’s all hands on deck, as the junk is thrown back into the ocean. All the ground fish is dressed (guttered) before going down into the fish hold and iced. This process continues until the decision is made when to bring the fish to market. Whiting is very fragile and had to get to market in two days, When fishing for haddock and cod the trips would last longer.

I never realize how dangerous my Dad’s occupation could be until one morning my Mom was listening to her ship to shore short wave radio, when she heard the voice of the skipper, Busty Serio “May-Day, May-Day the fishing vessel America was taking on water and sinking.” With her rosary beads in hand later she heard a fishing boat was near by and rescued the crew. My dad was the engineer, and the skipper remained on the boat, pumping the water desperately trying to save the America, until the Coast Guard arrived. They explained to my dad that the America could not be saved and they had to abandon ship. My Dad said as they were leaving he witnessed a huge funnel hole appear and the America was sinking into this hole. The current was so strong the Coast Guard boat was having difficulty from being drawn into this hole.

My dad and the skipper had a new fishing boat built in South Bristol Maine. Harvey Gamage Boatyard was in the process of building a yatch and he accommodated them by turning this into a beautiful fishing boat, as time was money. I remember spending many wonderful weekends in Maine watching the boat building process. Soon the boat was launched and christened “Little Flower: in honor of St. Theresa. My dad was fishing again on the beautiful fishing boat. She was the pride of the Gloucester fishing fleet.

On December 13. I believe the year was 1952. the Little Flower was at sea, when a hugh storm appeared from out of nowhere. My Dad stated the waves were over 12 feet high. My Dad said a huge wave was heading toward the Little Flower. He and the crew gathered into the pilot house. They were on their knees in front of the little religious shrine. They made a sacred promise to God to never go fishing on Santa Lucia’s day, December 13th. The boat broached the wave and the Little Flower was spared from impending disaster. I believe fishermen’s faith in God is tested time and time again. I pray to God to bless our fishermen and keep them safe.

Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon January 2013

Update:

Fred Buck Writes-

hi virginia – i know the museum will have some photos to add to your father’s story. was the ‘america’ skipper gil lafford? went aground on ten pound island in 1941? we’ve got quite a few photos of that boat and her crew going back to the 30s when she was swordfishing. also a few of little flower in the 1990s, none as good as the 2 you’ve posted on gmg. if you can let me know the year gamage built the little flower, i’ll do some digging in our files and see what we can share with you. keep on writing! we need you!

fred buck
cape ann museum photo dept

Update 2:

joey -  i posted a reply to virginia’s great piece about her father, michael frontiero.  i should have looked before i leaped, because i found answers to the questions i asked in my files.  gil lafford owned the america in the 30s, but empire fish co. bought it in 1944, and capt. serio owned it in 1948 and 49 when virginia’s dad fished on her.  i’m attaching two short clips from the museum’s "american fisherman" files.  could you add this and the clips to my reply so i don’t look like a bigger idiot than i do in the mirror?  thanks, pal.
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"Atlantic Fisherman" Archive
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Fish Tales Of A Gloucester Fisherman

Hi Joey, I recently joined the Gloucester Writers Group.
On Jan. 17th I attended my first meeting, The Inaugural Meeting of
Fish Tales, Live Story Telling. I would like to share my story and pictures
with your readers. Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

Michael Frontiero 19580001F V Little Flower0001

Fish Tales
My Dad, Mike Frontiero, was a Gloucester Fisherman My Dad had many fish tales to tell. I remember my Dad taking a big piece of paper and with pencil in hand he would draw and explain the process of catching fish to me. He would draw a picture of his boat, the winch, doors and net and explain how the drag net is set by lowering the doors with the net into the ocean. The doors  are at the end of long steel cables attached to the boat and the winch. The net is shaped like a big stocking. The doors keep the top of the stocking open to scoop up the fish. After several hours of towing  the doors and the net are hauled up, closing the doors in the process.  To do this a strong winch coils up the cables. With the doors secured at the side of the boat, the net is then hauled up high above the deck. The bottom of the net is pulled open, like opening a purse, dumping he fish on the deck for sorting. Then it’s all hands on deck, as the junk is thrown back into the ocean. All the ground fish is dressed (guttered) before going down into the fish hold and iced. This process  continues until the decision is made when to bring the fish to market. Whiting is very fragile and had to get to market in two days, When fishing for haddock and cod the trips would last longer.

I never  realize how dangerous my Dad’s occupation could be until one morning my Mom was listening to her ship to shore short wave radio, when she heard the voice of the skipper, Busty Serio “May-Day, May-Day the fishing vessel America was taking on water and sinking.” With her rosary beads in hand later she heard a fishing boat was near by and rescued the crew. My dad was the engineer, and the skipper remained on the boat, pumping the water desperately trying to save the America, until the Coast Guard arrived. They explained to my dad that the America could not be saved and they had to abandon ship. My Dad said as they were leaving he witnessed a huge funnel hole appear and the America was sinking into this hole. The current was so strong the Coast Guard boat was having difficulty from being drawn into this hole.

My dad and the skipper had a new fishing boat built in South Bristol Maine. Harvey Gamage Boatyard was in the process of building a yatch and he accommodated them by turning this into a beautiful fishing boat, as time was money. I remember spending many wonderful weekends in Maine watching the boat building process. Soon the boat was launched and christened “Little Flower: in honor of St. Theresa. My dad was fishing again on the beautiful fishing boat. She was the pride of the Gloucester fishing fleet.

On December 13. I believe the year was 1952. the Little Flower was at sea, when a hugh storm appeared from out of nowhere. My Dad stated the waves were over 12 feet high.  My Dad said a huge wave was heading toward the Little Flower. He and the crew gathered into the pilot house. They were on their knees in front of the little religious shrine. They made a sacred promise to God to never go fishing on  Santa Lucia’s day, December 13th. The boat broached  the wave and the Little Flower was spared from impending disaster.  I believe fishermen’s faith in  God is tested time and time again. I pray to God to bless our fishermen and keep them safe.

Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon                                 January 2013 

Update: Series- A question About The 100 Year Old Gloucester Postcards From Peter Dorsey- A Gloucester Fisherman

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Jonathan Olly writes-

Hello Joey C,

While doing a Google search just now I came across the postcard you posted on March 22 of the old fisherman posing in oilskins.  Would you happen to know the name of this man?  I ask because I’m a graduate student down here in Providence, RI, and I’m writing a dissertation chapter on old salts.  They’re found around the world, but in the United States they’re almost exclusively found in New England.  Your postcard photo (which is rare, and one of the old salt postcards I’m still hunting for) may have been done by Gloucester photographer/engineer Herman Spooner, who photographed a number of retired fishermen (John Scott, Lemuel Friend, Oliver Emerton, and David Stanwood among them).  But, I don’t recall seeing this image in his photo collection at the Cape Ann Museum.  So if you have any additional information about your postcard I’d be happy to hear it.

Best regards,

Jonathan

Deepest Sympathy To The Family of Fisherman Joe Cracchiolo- Pictures of The Herring Seiner Sunlight

Our deepest sympathy does out to the family of Joe Cracchiolo who was working aboard the herring Seiner Sunlight.

Here are my photos of the Sunlight from the past couple of years.

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Click here for the story at the Gloucester Daily Times website

Stoga! Video

Stoga Talks About How He Lost His Fingers, How he Got His Tattoo, And What He Would Say To a Youngster Thinking About Getting Into The Fishing Industry

Add Stoga To My List Of Dream Team Fisherman Reality Series Stars

The cast includes- Mark and Tom Ring, Tom and Manny Porter, Busty Brancaleone, Carlo Moceri, Stoga, Peter Libro, Tony Marquis, Suzie Byrd, Tuffy and his crew Sean and Nate.  I’m telling you right now I could make the greatest reality show in the history of reality shows with a small budget and this cast.  The Best Ever!