A history of ""the most famous small port in the world."" by one who shares with his readers, his own enthusiasm for Massachusett's fishing capital. He sketches in its early history, the growth of fishing and shipbuilding, the share of its inhabitants in America's wars, the influx of foreigners, the dangers and the search for better fishing grounds, troubles with Canada, colorful personalities, fishing boat races, Gloucester's boats, their journeys, their speeds, their captains, crews and cargoes. Good regional material, effervescently told. Don't forget its vacation reading interest, when next summer comes around.