MIKE SPRINGER/Gloucester Daily Times
Eighty-six-year-old Harry Cusick, who was general manager at Gloucester Marine Railways for nearly half a century, still likes to visit his old stomping grounds when an interesting project is underway. Here, Cusick watches last Monday as the 137-foot schooner Roseway, which was built in Essex in 1925--about two years before Cusick was born--is hauled onto dry dock at Rocky Neck. Cusick worked at Gloucester Marine Railways from 1944 until his retirement in 1992 and is something of a legend at the railways, remembered for his unfailing competence and calm demeanor in the face of adversity. When the newly restored pier at railways, America's oldest operating ship yard, was named in his honor last week--an occasion the notoriously independent and publicity-shy Cusick failed to show up for--the current General Manager Viking Gustafson called him "a mountain of a man."