Standing on an elevated concrete platform is the memorial of the Gloucester Fisherman, also known as the "Man at the Wheel". Wearing a traditional fisherman’s outfit, he is seen controlling the steering wheel of a boat. On the concrete platform, a plaque reads says “They that go down to the sea in ships.” Partially hidden from view are the years on the plaque, which read 1623-1923. Behind the memorial are several wooden houses with Victorian details and trees that provide ample shade to the visitors of the memorial. A chain also surrounds the statue to prevent visitors from touching it.
Reaching a total height of eight feet, this statue was designed by an Englishman named Leonard Craske and cast by the Gorham Company of Province, Rhode Island in 1925. Craske designed the statue when he entered an art competition hosted by the Gloucester Tercentenary Permanent Memorial Association to commemorate the city's 300th anniversary. This statue honors the thousands of fishermen who became lost at sea throughout the history of Gloucester.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.