Quick trip to New Bedford today

Kelly and I decided to take a quick road trip down to the South Coast to New Bedford so we could catch the Charles W. Morgan before she left.  It also gave us the chance to stop in at New Bedford Antiques at the Cove, one of our favorite antique malls anywhere and definitely one of our favorite places on the South Coast.

The crowd to see the ship was actually quite large, but we managed to get some good pictures in spite of the line.

You can see that the ship's home port is indeed New Bedford.
You can see that the ship’s home port is indeed New Bedford.

The quality of the work that was done on the ship’s restoration is exceptional.  It looks like no detail was left undone.  Check out some of the work that was put into the bow and bowsprit.

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This is where having a good digital SLR would be nice.

We tried to get a shot of the figurehead but it was tough.

About the best shot we could manage of the figurehead.
About the best shot we could manage of the figurehead.
A good look at the foremast with the mainmast in the background.
A good look at the foremast with the mainmast in the background.
Quite a good shot of the anchor.  Kelly got this one.
Quite a good shot of the anchor. Kelly got this one.

We were trying to get shots that didn’t have a dozen tourists in the middle of the scene but it was tough since the crowds were so big.

In a warehouse on the state pier near where the Morgan was berthed they had a large number of displays about the ship and about whaling.  There was also a lot of information about the role of Portuguese-Americans in American whaling.

A huge part of the population in New Bedford, and across southern New England in general, is made up of Portuguese speakers from Portugal, the Azores, Madeira, Cape Verde, and Brazil.
A huge part of the population in New Bedford, and across southern New England in general, is made up of Portuguese speakers from Portugal, the Azores, Madeira, Cape Verde, and Brazil.

And there were displays that featured the specific role of the Azores in American whaling.

New Bedford is where the Portuguese community in Massachusetts really began.
New Bedford is where the Portuguese community in Massachusetts really began.

They even had an Azorean whaleboat on display that was set up so people could actually climb inside.  So naturally I had to get a shot of me in it and Kelly of course obliged me.

How many ancestors of mine climbed into boats like these?
How many ancestors of mine climbed into boats like these?
A shot of the boat in its entirety.
A shot of the boat in its entirety.
The Azores were a popular stop for American whaling ships.  Good provisions, lots of sailors looking for work.
The Azores were a popular stop for American whaling ships. Good provisions, lots of sailors looking for work.

So once we had the chance to see everything at the State Pier Kelly and I headed over to Antiques at the Cove for some quick browsing in the few hours we had left before they closed.  We have not been in there in a few years and there have been some changes.  But it is still pretty huge and the prices are still fantastic.  I manged to find a few history books at 50% off.  And we also got to see all sorts of other stuff too.  This is where we got our 1840s era bed back when we first moved into our apartment.   They have a great selection of furniture and so much other stuff you can’t possibly really see it all in a day.

They have lots of maritime stuff, and lots of things related to New Bedford history like this.

A pitcher featuring the famous whaling ship.
A Delft pitcher featuring the famous whaling ship.

And like so many other antique malls, NBAC has a lot of “collectible” stuff and all sorts of other things.  One of the things I always look for is old books, because they have some great book dealers and I have found all sorts of goodies there over the years.  And there is all the pseudo-flea market stuff like old records and whatnot.

Of course, there are some weird random things that can be found too, like this.
Some things are best left back in the seventies.  Just saying.

So it was a fun day all around.  It’s so nice to have these sort of days again.  We missed them.

-Geoff

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