Reader Cynthia Hill wrote the following in response to a recent GMG post, Thanksgiving Day Brace Cove Gloucester:
Can someone prove to me that this is Brace Cove, when for 65 years it’s been Brace’s Cove?
Old maps show it both ways, but I spent a third of my life there ~ always at Brace’s Cove.
When I was small, all our parents “managed Brace’s”, kept it clean and raked, had many a great
clam bakes in front of the Kaknes’ house, all to keep us kids safe during the polio scare.
Every time I see your beautiful photos, I think Brace’s Cove….I’ve explored maps at Fred’s.
Would love it if an “old timer” such as myself, could help sort this out.
Hi Cynthia, Here’s what I found in Joe Garland’s book Eastern Point, page 11, 2nd paragraph:
“Incidentally, this is one of the earliest references to what should properly be called Brace Cove, variously identified as Bracy’s and Brase’s in contemporary documents. Viewed as a proper name, the etymology leads to a dead end; but rid yourself of that mental set, and the derivation is surpassingly direct: a brace, from the Middle English and Old French, was an arm. Brace is an obsolete word for an arm of the sea, an inlet–a perfect figure of speech in the case of the stunning cove whose waters are so nearly embraced by the lethal, pincer-like arms of Brace Rock and Bemo Ledge.”
Cynthia, I too have seen it spelled several different ways on antique and newer maps. Perhaps if they have a spare moment, some of our “old timer” readers will weigh in–it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
Click on the photo to see it full sized; you can scroll around and enjoy the view.
Rubber Duck has been on the road these days but not to London although a friend of her’s was spotted on a rooftop there:Can you find her friend? This next link is a panorama of London. Click Here. This is the largest, deepest, panorama done in the history of the world. It’s big. A gazillion pettabytes or something maybe more. You can scroll and zoom and see everything down to people snoozing naked in their hotel rooms. I haven’t actually found any naked Londoners nor have I found Rubber Duck’s friend but I know the duck is there. On a roof, swimming in a puddle.
Can you find her? If you do, mark the duck with the little marker on the bottom of the photo then post the coordinates. When you drop the marker just click the envelope then select the link and paste into your comments like this:
http://bit.ly/XVxJJl This is a link to a weird pair of yellow gloves in a tub in a window. Creepy. Zoom out and see how far away the camera was!
First one to find her gets a Rubber Duck autographed GMG limited edition Bumper Sticker.
Part II of this game will be another panorama of find the Rubber Duck but it will be the actual GMG Rubber Duck in a Panorama taken on Cape Ann.
What you are looking at is a mirage.
This isn’t really happening because as we all know Marine Industrial Activity and Non-Marine Industrial Activity Can’t Co-exist. You can’t have all this marine industrial activity and loud cranes operating right in front of the area where people are eating their lunch on an open air deck. That’s just preposterous!!!
What’s Next? Dogs and Cats Living Together?
Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point!
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BTW, that Fishing boat in the left of the frame? Must have also been photoshopped, you can’t have fishing oats tied up at places where there are open air-restaurants. No-way- No how! Photoshopped or mirage- you make the call.
Click on the photo to see it much larger. It’s interesting how the perspective and panoramic distortion make the the circle of plaques into a straight line, and the convergent lines on the pavement look roughly parallel! I took this panorama a while ago, but only got around to putting it together now…
Nubar Alexanian Photographer/DP