This past summer I got to meet and work with a great group from New Bedford that is creating a much-needed fisheries museum in their famous port. In anticipation of their grand opening on June 25, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center website is now online. With the help of Executive Director Laura Orleans and members of their industry advisory group, I researched over a century of New Bedford fishing history. In the process of creating an historical timeline of the port, and writing essays of New Bedford fishing evolution, it was fascinating to learn how much of what we see as modern commercial fishing began in “the whaling city.”
My only regret (besides not eating my weight in scallops)? Not being able to spend more time in New Bedford. But with the new museum opening up shortly, I have yet another reason, to get down there.