""Anyone interested in the history of Gloucester, the commercial fishing industry on which it was founded and the lives of those who engaged in the trade will want to get a copy of John Morris's Alone At Sea: Gloucester in the Age of the Dorymen. The book covers the rise of Gloucester as one of the world's biggest and richest fishing ports from the 1700s up to the 1940s.""
About the Author
A native of Gloucester, John N. Morris, PhD, is Director Emeritus of the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston, a Harvard-affiliated hospital and research program. He has published widely in his field. Morris’s ancestors have been fishermen going back to the seventeenth century. His father was a Gloucester fish cutter and his mother a fish packer. His grandfather, Stephen Olsson, spent four decades as a Gloucester doryman, until he drowned on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland in 1935. Morris’s book opens and closes with stories handed down from Grandpa. Morris is a board member of the group preserving one of the last of the surviving Gloucester schooners, the Adventure. He lives in northern Massachusetts, in the small town of Tyngsboro.