The Fishermen of Gloucester, 1942 (15 Photos)

During the early Fall of 1942, photographer Howard Liberman joined the crew of one of the many fishing boats in Gloucester, Massachusetts for a day on the seas.  The following photos capture the unique personalities and culture that marked the lives of a small fishing community in the 1940s. 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. John Riberia, captain of the fishing trawler Old Glory, kissing his wife before leaving for the fishing grounds off the Massachusetts coast

 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. A young boy, probably a fisherman of tomorrow, because many of the boys will follow their fathers as fishermen in the New England waters

 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. Captain John Riberia on the fishing trawler "Old Glory"

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On board a line trawler converted for dragging, fishing out from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Taking it easy

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Portrait of a fisherman on board a fishing vessel out from Gloucester, Massachusetts

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On board a fishing vessel out from Gloucester, Massachusetts. One of the fishing crew

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On board a fishing vessel out from Gloucester, Massachusetts. View of choppy waters

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. Two Gloucester fishermen on a fishing boat

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. A lookout climbs the cables high above "Old Glory's" deck to check the location of other trawlers. When one trawler strikes good fishing ground the captain notifies other boats in the fleet

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. Portrait of a fisherman

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. Striking good fishing grounds, fishermen load their boat with rosefish. Only a thin slice from each side of the rosefish is useable as food. Fish meal and fish oil are made from the remaining parts

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. A vessel unloading fish. The man at the head with a rope is controlling the canvas basket that brings fish up from the hold

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. "Food for Victory" fishing. Hauling fish in a cart from the wharfside to a fish packing plant

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On board a fishing vessel out from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Women in a packing plant candling fish and cutting out a parasite known as Syphirin lumpii

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Gloucester, Massachusetts. Shoveling fish into the rotary scaler at a fish packing plant