New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
New Bedford’s wharves were alive with sail riggers crawling about ship decks and masts, tarring the lines and hoisting and fastening on sails. Ship painters worked on new and old vessels afloat and dry—docked for repair. Specialized craftsmen repaired the ships’ tryworks, where blubber was melted into oil. Much work and preparation was always necessary to ensure a safe and successful voyage.
Coopers made casks for many uses and each whaling vessel had a cooper onboard. Some casks were fitted with provisions and others contained extra barrel staves and heads so casks could be made at sea to store whale oil.
Ship carpenters overhauled every whaler that returned to port. A typical New Bedford whaler made six voyages in its lifetime and each voyage typically lasted two to four years. (Photos Courtesy New Bedford Whaling Museum)
The wharves on both sides of the river were lined with mechanics, fitting ships for
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 38.142′ N, 70° 55.26′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on MacArthur Drive-Pier 3. 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. Whaling Capital (here, next to this marker); From Whales to Flatfish and Scallops (within shouting distance of this marker); Commonwealth of Toil (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Dartmouth (about 300 feet away); From Whales to Bales (about 300 feet away); Centre Street (about 500 feet away); Double Bank (about 600 feet away); Colonel George Claghorn (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Bedford.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6. submitted on August 5, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.