Glorious Gloucester 3rd,4th and 5th jJuly

As we approached Gloucester in the damp and gloom, it didn't look to inviting. Bob wanted to anchor in the inner town anchorage and I wanted to anchor on the outside,so we could make a quick getaway in the morning. Bob was on thin ice already as we had missed out Boston, which has an amazing firework display on Independence Day (tomorrow). . somehow or other we still ended up in the town.
Gloucester is actually a fantastic natural harbour, and home to a large fishing industry and a colony of artisans, past and present and well worth a visit. there is a really good whaling information centre and an amazing Cape Ann Museum which houses the works of several internationally renowned Maine Artists where I fell in love with Winslow Homer. . .It is easy to imagine this harbour 100 years ago, adorned with elegant schooners delivering and dealing. . . .
Gloucester is also the home of boat restorers Cate and Deakin Banks who showed us the real Gloucester, and a great time was had by all!
Actually independence day weekend was good fun, starting with the 'Parade of The Horribles' a grand firework display, more free music and a wonderful neighbourhood party up the hill.

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