New Bedford in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Seamen's Bethel
Saving Mariners' Souls
After months at sea, many whaling men were unable to resist the temptations of this port city. In 1832, the New Bedford Port Society for the Moral Improvement of Seamen opened this mariners' chapel "to protect the rights and interests of Seamen, and to furnish them with moral, intellectual and religious instruction."
By supplying Bibles and nondenominational services, the Bethel (chapel) hoped to combat all those influences to which the port's mariners fell prey-liquor, licentiousness, and dishonest merchants. A survey in 1852 found 37 "liquor shops" and 21 "houses of ill repute" in this ward alone.
Erected by National Parks Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 41° 38.098′ N, 70° 55.412′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on 1st Street just north of Union Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Tribute of Respect to Enterprising Whalemen (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Seamenís Bethel (a few steps from Viking (a few steps from this marker); The Mariner's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Paul Cuffe (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Captain Paul Cuffe (within shouting distance of this marker); Twentieth-Century Whaling (within shouting distance of this marker); Trial by Fire (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in New Bedford.
Also see . . . Seamen''s Bethel. (Submitted on August 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.)
Additional keywords. Whalemen's Chapel,Herman Melville, Moby Dick
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