Saturday, April 2, 2011

Early Morning in New Bedford, Massachusetts

When we first came upon this man, I thought he was feeding the gulls.  Upon closer inspection, no food was apparent and I got the feeling they all met each morning on Buzzards Bay to discuss topics of interest before heading off to face the day.

This fishing boat was riding high in the water in anticipation of filling the hold with I know not what species of sea life.  I don't think it is a whaler.

It's my understanding that Melville was inspired to write Moby Dick while living in New Bedford.  Even though my sweet daughter-in-love had placed a copy by my bed, I was not inspired to read any further into the book than I have in the past.  It was never required reading for me but I tried a number of times.  The deeper I get into the book, the less it interests me.  I've given up!

New Bedford Whaling Museum

This is a church mentioned in Moby Dick.  I meant to take a photo from the front but forgot.

Ft. Phoenix stood guard against the enemy.

New Bedford enjoys a reputation as a "safe harbor" thanks to the Hurricane Barrier, a stone and steel barrier that extends across the mouth of New Bedford harbor to the Fairhaven side near Fort Phoenix.

It is 9,100 feet long and twenty feet above median sea level. The harbor section has huge  gates in the center that can be closed during strong tides or storms to protect the inner harbor. The western section protects the city from tidal surges in Clark's Cove.

The top of the barrier provides a walkway where residents and visitors can watch the coming and going of various boats and enjoy spectacular views.

Built in the 1960's by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Hurricane Barrier is the largest stone structure on the East Coast.