Ronald Gilson was born into a Gloucester working class family in the depths of the
“Great Depression.” He was raised in Ward II’s Dog Hill neighborhood and introduced to the waterfront while still a boy. Gilson operated the harbor’s only freshwater boat, learning the ways of the waterfront, from the bottom up. He has fished the vessels, worked the wharves,
and insured the fleet. Considered an authority on the great fleet buildup of the 1940s and 1950s, this blog relates many person experiences of his life on the Gloucester waterfront. He graically writes of a bygone era, spiced with personal anecdotes that takes his readers into the heart of Gloucester’s historic anchor industry.