i personally have another connection to the historic seaport. when i was very young my father would go deep sea fishing and he would return with coolers full of fresh cod, haddock, mackerel, and sometimes cusk. his van (loaded with ten guys in the back) would pull into the driveway and all would come piling out like a clown car at a circus. he would hug us after his two to three day stint, thirty to sixty miles out to sea, and he would smell like the ocean itself. the stories he told my mother I wouldn't really understand until later, but i knew even at an early age that i wanted to be part of his adventures. he kept his promise and in my early teens, for several years after and many trips later, i experienced gloucester and all that it had to offer. it taught me respect of the water and an appreciation for the captains and crews who guided us.
one of our favorite quotes about gloucester comes from the movie the perfect storm. captain billy tyne, played by george clooney, describes so elegantly his love of the job. it instantly takes us back.
"the fog's just lifting. throw off your bow line; throw off your stern. you head out to south channel, past rocky neck, ten pound island. past niles pond where I skated as a kid. blow your air-horn and throw a wave to the lighthouse keeper's kid on thatcher island. then the birds show up: black backs, herring gulls, big dumb ducks. the sun hits ya - head north. open up to 12 - steamin' now. the guys are busy; you're in charge. ya know what? you're a goddamn swordboat captain. is there any thing better in the world?" - captain billy tyne, andrea gail, the perfect storm