Gloucester HarborWalk | 26 Norman’s Woe
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26 Norman's Woe
And fast through the midnight dark and drear,
Through the whistling sleet and snow,
Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept
Towards the reef of Norman’s Woe.
At daybreak on the bleak sea beach,
A fisherman stood aghast,
To see the form of a maiden fair,
Lashed close to a drifting mast.``

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “The Wreck of the Hesperus”

At the tip of Solomon Jacobs Park  you can see the distinct rock reef, the site of several ship wrecks, off Gloucester’s Magnolia shore. The brig Favorite sank in here in December 1839. All 20 were lost—including a woman found lashed to a bit of wood. Longfellow penned “The Wreck of the Hesperus” a few weeks later.

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Longfellow Journal Entry: ``News of shipwrecks, horrible ...``

Journal entry from Dec 17 1839 Longfellow, ``News of shipwrecks, horrible...``


Longfellow Journal Entry: ``Inspiration for Ballad ...``

Journal entry: Dec 30, 1839 Longfellow writes: ``...when suddenly it came into my head to write the Ballad of the Schooner Hesperus...``


Literary Landmark: Longfellow's ``Wreck of the Hesperus``

Literary Landmark: ``Wreck of the Hesperus``

Norman’s Woe a distinct Gloucester MA landmark is featured in Longfellow’s poem “Wreck of the Hesperus”

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