The Mariner's Home
Home Away from the Sea
Whaling men spent much of their lives at sea. The ship was their home. Back in port, most of the poor, unskilled sailors knew no one in New Bedford and were essentially homeless until the next voyage.
In 1850 the daughter of William Rotch, Jr., one of New Bedford's leading whaling merchants, donated her father's house to shelter and feed needy seamen. After the whaling industry declined, retired whalemen, merchant seamen, and fishermen lived here. The Mariners' Home provides lodging for mariners to this day.
Erected by National Parks Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 41° 38.112′ N, 70° 55.415′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on 1st Street just south of Williams Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch 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. Seamenís Bethel (a few steps from this marker); Viking (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Seamen's Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving Whaling's Legacy
Also see . . . Mariner''s Home. (Submitted on August 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 392 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on August 3, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 2. submitted on August 25, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. 5. submitted on August 3, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.