Preserving Whaling's Legacy

Preserving Whaling's Legacy (HM1MHO)

Location: New Bedford, MA 02740 Bristol County
Country: United States of America
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N 41° 38.128', W 70° 55.408'

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The New Bedford Whaling Museum

In 1915, in the waning light of whaling's final decade, Emily Howland Bourne financed the construction of a museum building to honor her whaling merchant father, Jonathan Bourne, Jr. This marked the first steadfast effort to preserve New Bedford's whaling legacy. Housed here today are the world's largest collections of whaling art and artifacts, spanning seven continents and seven centuries.

The museum reflects the skill, industry, craftsmanship, and artistry inspired by whaling. within its walls are whalebones, whale products, harpoons, replica whaling ships, and whalebone's journals and art. Though the whaling age has passed, its memories live on.

Using a knife or a sailmaker's needle, whalemen etched intricate figures or scenes into the whalebone. Rubbing in black ink, tar, soot, or tobacco juice highlighted the designs and produced what came to be called "scrimshaw."

Hunting the hugest monster of the oceans, bringing fame and fortune to our city, has long since ceased. For more than a century this hill was at the heart of the intensive life of New Bedford.... It is now a place of memories. It is well for us ... to preserve them.
Henry H. Crapo, 1934
Placed ByNational Parks Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 2:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 339793 N 4611090
Decimal Degrees41.63546667, -70.92346667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 38.128', W 70° 55.408'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 38' 7.68" N, 70° 55' 24.48" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18-28 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford MA 02740, US
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