© Leslie R. Nitkiewicz

“And they prayed. They walked up Prospect Street...and stood beneath the twin bell towers of Our Lady of Good Voyage church. The bell towers are one of the highest points in Gloucester and can be seen for miles by incoming ships. Between the towers is a sculpture of the Virgin Mary, who gazes down with love and concern at a bundle in her arms. This is the Virgin who has been charged with the safety of the local fishermen. The bundle in her arms is not the infant Jesus, it’s a Gloucester schooner.”

Sebastian Junger The Perfect Storm

Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, with its brilliant blue domes, was modeled after one in the Azores. Inside, there are more than twenty-five ship models and stained glass and statuary depictions of Our Lady. The church includes one of the oldest sets of full carillon bells in the United States.