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

Viking

 
 
Viking Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
1. Viking Marker
An identical marker is located on the Japanese Island of Mikura-jima
Inscription. On this toro rests a capstan from the American clipper ship Viking which was wrecked on this island on June 4,1863. Being bound for San Francisco, U.S.A. from Hong Kong, China. Through the intervention of the local authorities and hospitality of the islanders, the lives of the 23 crew and 460 Chinese passengers were saved.

In recognition of the many acts of friendship, this plaque was sponsored by the Old Dartmouth Historical Society and Whaling Museum in New Bedford Massachusetts.

Built 1853 Viking Lost 1863
Builder: Trufant& Drummond, Bath , Maine
Owner: George Hussey, New Bedford, Mass
Captain: Benjamin C. Townsend
Length: 230' Width: 41.1' Depth: 22.1' Tonnage: 134
Port of Orgin: New York City, N.Y. U.S.A.
 
Erected 1966 by The People of Mikura.
 
Location. 41° 38.102′ N, 70° 55.403′ 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 north. Touch for map. Marker is directly across the street from the Seamen's Bethel. 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. The Seamen's Bethel (a few steps from this marker); A Tribute of Respect to Enterprising Whalemen

Viking Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
2. Viking Marker
(a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Seamenís Bethel (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); Preserving Whaling's Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Centre Street (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Captain Paul Cuffe (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Bedford.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Viking Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
3. Viking Marker
A distant view of the marker, affixed to the outside wall of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, just to the right of a set of doors on the west side of the building.
Viking Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
4. Viking Marker
View of the marker, affixed to the outside wall of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, looking south along Johnny Cake Hill.
Viking Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
5. Viking Marker
View of the marker, affixed to the outside wall of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, looking north along Johnny Cake Hill.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.   3, 4, 5. submitted on August 3, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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