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New Bedford in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Centre Street

Utility over Elegance

 
 
Centre Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
1. Centre Street Marker
Inscription. The view down Centre Street has changed little over the years, and no street in New Bedford served the whaling industry longer. Little finery can be seen in the facades of these buildings, for this was a working waterfront, where utility overrode the need for elegance.

Where Centre meets Front Street, town founder Joseph Russell built the first candleworks around 1768 to further his investment in the growing whaling industry. The brick warehouses at the bottom of the street at left, built about 1790, housed a ship chandlery and iron business. At times, other buildings here served as bake shops, an ice plant and cold storage warehouse, and a ship and house painter's shop.

I could look down Centre Street and...see and also hear coopers driving the hoops, tightening the large casks of oil...When a ship was hove down at the dock I could see the caulkers driving oakum into the seams and could see the ship carpenters replace the worn sheathing with new and giving the vessel an new suit of yellow metal. Altogether it was a scene of life and animation.
William W. Carpo, September 28, 1906.
 
Erected by National Parks Service.
 
Location. 41° 38.12′ N, 70° 55.376′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Centre Street image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
2. Centre Street
, in Bristol County. Marker is on North Water Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Double Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving Whaling's Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Viking (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mariner's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seamen's Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Seamenís Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tribute of Respect to Enterprising Whalemen (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Paul Cuffe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in New Bedford.
 
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Centre Street image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
3. Centre Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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