Assuming that The New Bedford Whaling Museum was pretty much dedicated to Herman Mellville and THE WHALE, it never got on the agenda for a visit....
...until now. On a misty/rainy Saturday, Stefan and I decided to keep dry and pay a visit to the museum. It turned out to be a very good decision. A visitor is started out with two documentaries. The first is on whaling. During the 19th century, New Bedford was perhaps the most important whaling and fishing port in the world. Today, it is one of the largest fishing ports in the U.S.
A replica of a whaling ship with whaling boats attached. The whalers would say goodbye to their loved ones and be gone for years. Many never returned from their extremely dangerous job.
Just viewing this cut out of the quarters for the crew made me claustrophobic!
The rooftops of New Bedford looking toward the port.
Fishing boats home from the sea. Depending on the catch, these boats go out for up to ten days. It is still a dangerous job. The second documentary was about the current fishing industry. We "went" to sea with the fishermen. The fishing boats are even smaller than the whalers. One needs to really like their co-workers!!
It was a morning well spent. We came away with a greater respect for the whalers of old and the present day fishing industry.
I still don't plan to read Moby Dick!!