Monday, July 11, 2011

Cape Ann Tool Co., Rockport, MA - 9th July

The Cape Ann Tool Co. was established and built in the 1880s in the Pigeon Cove area of Rockport, Gloucester, MA. During its lifetime it made tools and mechanical parts for everything from cars to aeroplanes to spacecrafts. It was closed in 1987 and has lain abandoned ever since. Development plans have been consistently blocked by local residents who resorted to litigation to prevent the current owner from developing the site into residential apartments. Despite winning the legal battle the site has been placed on the market for sale rendering its future as uncertain as it has been for the last 24 years.

The bare iron-framed depot shed

The Cape Ann Tool Co. is typical of much of Gloucester's economic problems. Old industry sites, punished by competing foreign markets (generally Asian), lie abandoned in prime realty locations.The problem becomes what to do with the sites in such a way as to boost the local economy whilst also keeping the locals happy.

Sky of shadows: inside the loading depot with Pigeon Cove peeking through a side-entrance on the left

Factory side-entrance

A great deal of original features remained inside the factory on the ground floor. Generators, turning lathes, and other pieces of equipment remained firmly attached to the factory floor displaying a permanence challenging the building's decaying structure.

Cape Ann Tool Co. - Interior

Interior - Furnaces on the left, generator in shadows on right

Venturing up the stairs was a precarious affair. The roof over the factory was stripped and little remained of the first floor (or second floor, here).

Stairs to first floor

Electrical boxes adorned the walls.

 230 Volts

The Cape Ann Tool Co. story resonates with the problems facing much of rural USA. Heavily dependent on the manufacturing industry, once that disappeared all that was left in Gloucester was the fishing industry. The challenge facing Gloucester is how to diversify and boost its economy in a sustainable way by means that are acceptable to the local population - the glorious ruin of the Cape Ann Tool Co. site serves as a constant reminder of the decline of the rural economy and the challenges that lie ahead.  


  1. Problem: HP Printer not connecting to my laptop.

    I had an issue while connecting my 2 year old HP printer to my brother's laptop that I had borrowed for starting my own business. I used a quick google search to fix the problem but that did not help me.
    I then decided to get professional help to solve my problem. After having received many quotations from various companies, i decided to go ahead with Online Tech Repair (
    Reasons I chose them over the others:
    1) They were extremely friendly and patient with me during my initial discussions and responded promptly to my request.
    2) Their prices were extremely reasonable.
    3) They were ready and willing to walk me through the entire process step by step and were on call with me till i got it fixed.
    How did they do it
    1) They first asked me to state my problem clearly and asked me a few questions. This was done to detect any physical connectivity issues with the printer.
    2) After having answered this, they confirmed that the printer and the laptop were functioning correctly.
    3) They then, asked me if they could access my laptop remotely to troubleshoot the problem and fix it. I agreed.
    4) One of the tech support executives accessed my laptop and started troubleshooting.
    5) I sat back and watched as the tech support executive was navigating my laptop to spot the issue. The issue was fixed.
    6) I was told that it was due to an older version of the driver that had been installed.

    My Experience
    I loved the entire friendly conversation that took place with them. They understood my needs clearly and acted upon the solution immediately. Being a technical noob, i sometimes find it difficult to communicate with tech support teams. It was a very different experience with the guys at Online Tech Repairs. You can check out their website or call them on 1-914-613-3786.
    Would definitely recommend this service to anyone who needs help fixing their computers.
    Thanks a ton guys. Great Job....!!


    Is Your Computer Sluggish or Plagued With a Virus? – If So you Need Online Tech Repairs
    As a leader in online computer repair, Online Tech Repairs Inc has the experience to deliver professional system optimization and virus removal.Headquartered in Great Neck, New York our certified technicians have been providing online computer repair and virus removal for customers around the world since 2004.
    Our three step system is easy to use; and provides you a safe, unobtrusive, and cost effective alternative to your computer service needs. By using state-of-the-art technology our computer experts can diagnose, and repair your computer system through the internet, no matter where you are.
    Our technician will guide you through the installation of Online Tech Repair Inc secure software. This software allows your dedicated computer expert to see and operate your computer just as if he was in the room with you. That means you don't have to unplug everything and bring it to our shop, or have a stranger tramping through your home.
    From our remote location the Online Tech expert can handle any computer issue you want addressed, like:
    • - System Optimization
    • - How it works Software Installations or Upgrades
    • - How it works Virus Removal
    • - How it works Home Network Set-ups
    Just to name a few.
    If you are unsure of what the problem may be, that is okay. We can run a complete diagnostic on your system and fix the problems we encounter. When we are done our software is removed; leaving you with a safe, secure and properly functioning system. The whole process usually takes less than an hour. You probably couldn't even get your computer to your local repair shop that fast!
    Call us now for a FREE COMPUTER DIAGONISTIC using DISCOUNT CODE ( on +1-914-613-3786 or chat with us on