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

Cape Verde to New Bedford

 
 
Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
1. Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker
Inscription. For many Cape Verde Islanders, the New bedford wharf area was the first view of America. At the height of immegration between 1900 and 1921, more than a dozen packet boats ran between Cape Verde and New Bedford, the main port of entry. Packet boats carried freights and passengers on a regular schedule.

After World War II, as air travel increased, Ernestina became one of only two vessels making the regular trip to Cape Verde. The schooner continued to do so - often without engine or radio - until 1965. She was the last sailing ship to bring immigrants across the Atlantic to the United States. Many of those Cape Verdeans - people of Portuguese and African descent - still live in the New Bedford area."

Because the Cape Verde Islands were on the trade winds route to Brazil, New Bedford whaling vessels often stopped there to pick up provisions and, sometimes, crew. Perhaps 500 to 1,000 Cape Verdeans reached southern New England on whale ships between 1820 and 1860.

Upon climbing aboard the Ernestina... we found ourselves surrounded by beds, bureaus, boxes, mattresses, dressers, chairs, tables, chickens, and barking dogs, with people milling about.... No one could actually believe that dozens of people had embarked on this voyage, with all their worldly possession, in a ship past
Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
2. Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph (used as the background picture for the marker), showing the Ernestina in the packet trade, 1953.
her prime having no radio, setting out to cross the Atlantic Ocean!

Frank Way Jr., of USS Arcadia, in Narragansett Bay, 1954
 
Erected by National Parks Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 41° 38.035′ N, 70° 55.26′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on MacArthur Drive south of Elm Street (Route 104), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located in the downtown area, along the waterfront, in the vicinity of the New Bedford Harbor, Ferry Terminal. 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. Lost Lightship Sailors Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Ernestina's Many Lives (a few steps from this marker); Whaling's Final Days (a few steps from this marker); Colonel George Claghorn (a few steps from this marker); Merrill's Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); From Whales to Bales (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commonwealth of Toil (about 400 feet away); The Dartmouth (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Bedford.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
3. Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing the global positions and distance between New Bedford and Cape Verde.
Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
4. Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker
View of the marker looking east.
Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
5. Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker
View of the marker looking south along the waterfront walkway.
Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
6. Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker
View of the marker looking north along the waterfront walkway (and north along MacArthur Drive).
Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
7. Cape Verde to New Bedford Marker
View of the marker looking northeast, towards the docking site of the Schooner Ernestina.
Docking Site of the Schooner Ernestina image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
8. Docking Site of the Schooner Ernestina
Wherever the Schooner Ernestina is docked in the port city of New Bedford, this is a view of where it would be docked.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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