A Photo Tour of Rockport Massachusetts
Rockport is a quaint, artsy, seaside village in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is about 40 miles/64 km northeast of Boston at the very top of the Cape Ann peninsula.
Surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, Rockport is a neighbor of Gloucester, a place you may recall from the blockbuster movie The Perfect Storm, starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. The movie was based on a non-fiction novel, The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, by Sebastian Junger, chronicling the experiences of the crew of the Andrea Gail. This fishing vessel got caught in the Perfect Storm of 1991. Damage from The Perfect Storm is estimated to have totaled over $200,000,000. The death toll was thirteen. Waves up to 30 feet/10 m struck coastline from Canada to Florida and as far southeast as Puerto Rico. Damage was heaviest in Massachusetts, with over one hundred homes destroyed or damaged. More than 38,000 people lost power. I won’t spoil the ending to the movie/novel but they can be purchased via the links above. Rockport has also been featured in Rudyard Kipling’s wonderful children’s tale, Captains Courageous.
Once home to the Agawam people, who were nearly wiped out by disease brought by early European contact shortly before the English colonization in 1623, Rockport was an uninhabited part of Gloucester for over a century. It’s primary use was as a source of timber for pine shipbuilding but it soon became known as one of the best fishing grounds in New England, as well as for its granite quarries. Rockport became a separate town in 1840. A large number of these residents were Finnish and Swedish immigrants, with stone-working expertise.
Today, Rockport is a suburban residential/ vacation destination and artists colony. Its iconic red fishing shack (pictured below), on Bradley Wharf, is known as “Motif Number 1” and has been the subject of hundreds of paintings/photographs by artists and photographers from all over the world.
Incidentally, this shot is also from my favorite dining spot…a small, ramshackle dock behind Roy Moore Lobster Company.
You stroll in, get in line and pick your lobster. (Sorry, guys.)
The wonderful folks at Roy Moore cook it, crack it, pour you a (not-so?) healthy (but delicious) dose of butter and oila! They even include a handy wet-nap! How delicious does this look?
After a fantastic meal, you’ve got to check out Bearskin Neck, a stretch of old fishermen/ lobstermen shacks that have been turned into restaurants, shops, gardens and galleries. You’ll want to take lots of photos!
You can also rent a kayak or go for a sail. Or check out the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center!
Rockport is served by 13 weekday commuter trains to Boston, as one terminus of the MBTA Newburyport/Rockport Line, or bus transit throughout the area is provided by Cape Ann Transportation Authority. You can also park and ride with their trolley service for $1 per person (50 cents for senior citizens/ children are free).
Have you been to Rockport Massachusetts?
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Until next time…enjoy your travels!