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.
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.
We tried to get a shot of the figurehead but it was tough.
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.
And there were displays that featured the specific role of the Azores in American whaling.
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.
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.
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.
So it was a fun day all around. It’s so nice to have these sort of days again. We missed them.