SEA Currents: SEASCape
June 30, 2016
New Bedford Whaling
After a nice breakfast of pancakes, we headed off to the town of New Bedford. It is most famous for historically being the whaling capital of America, and today it is the fishing capital of the country. We first arrive at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. This is a brand new facility that showed us an insight on what happens in the fishing business. Some people tried on a survival suit, which works as a full-body flotation device. After the Heritage Center, we had a nice lunch at the steps of the famous New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Before heading into the museum we were greeted by the Shifty Sailors. They were a performing group of sailors from Whidbey Island, Washington. We headed into the museum and saw huge whale skeletons and oil being collected from one of them. Another exhibit was a half of a whaling ship that we could explore and discover. The rest of the museum was full of harpoons, historic whaling tools, and art related to whaling. the New Bedford Whaling Museum is home to the largest collection of scrimshaw in the country. We got to see it and it was very cool and interesting. Near the end of our visit, we saw the Shifty Sailors perform more songs about sailing.
After that we headed down to the port and saw some real fish boats which we had been learning about in Martime Studies. Then we learned from Carl that New Bedford is the clementine import capital of the country. After a long day, we got some ice cream from a place that sold everything from watermelon frozen lemonade to peanut butter caramel cookie dough ice cream. We headed home on the bus and were very tired. Back at campus we had spaghetti and meatballs. Then we learned about star navigation with our RAs. All of us will be sleeping soundly tonight.
- Julia & Shana