The dangerous and rocky shores of Cape Ann…

“THERE can be no question that the section of coast from Salem, Mass., to Portland, Me., presents great dangers to navigation. Within this section is contained the dangerous and rocky shores of Cape Ann, so dreaded by every careful navigator; indeed, this rocky headland, projecting into the ocean far to the eastward, forms the danger spoken of. The government long ago recognized this fact, and placed within a radius of six miles as many as six lighthouses, two of them being of the first magnitude; and also, in later years, established a life-saving station here. Nor was government alone cognizant of this dangerous locality, for more than twenty-five  years ago the Massachusetts Humane Society placed here two of their life-saving stations, with boats and other life-saving appliances, the frequent use of which attests the wisdom of their location.
It is therefore clearly shown that a large and safe harbor, easy of access, should be provided by the government for the greater safety of the large number vessels which are constantly passing this dangerous section of coast.” [John White Marshall Collection, SBHS, Presented by Marshall H. Saville]

Below is BREAK water – Part Two Opener for BREAK Stone Water Heart


1908 Junket to Sandy Bay Harbor of Refuge, Inspection by Federal Govt.

not without cause is this going to the abyss; it is willed on high

not without cause is this going to the abyss; it is willed on high…
Dante, Inferno VII

Below is the  Part Opener 1,  from my upcoming book on Cape Ann Granite. Flat Ledge Quarry is viewed from its back upper lip, looking across the full quarry pit, out over and toward Rockport. Below it is Leon Kroll’s “Rockport Quarry 1912.” NY critics severely chastised him for inserting the bucolic far view of Rockport; thereafter, almost every painting by Kroll on quarry themes, included semi-nude or nude figures in the foreground.