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“Moving and poignant”
Review of Seamen's Bethel

Seamen's Bethel
Ranked #3 of 50 things to do in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A historic church dedicated to sailors.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A chapel that has for many years honored those who were in whaling and fishing. Many memorials on the walls, photos, and stories. This really takes you back in time - you can picture folks sitting on the simple wooden pews. A belltower above can be climbed, more memorials on the way up. This is next to the Mariner's Home, which had additional period history, and a section on Moby Dick which references the Seamen's Bethel.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A chapel built in 1832 to uphold and remember the sailors of the whaling and fishing industries. One example of a memorial: "To the memory of Charles H. Petty . . . who died Dec. 14, 1863 in the 18th year of his age . . . His death occurred in nine hours after being bitten by a shark while bathing near the ship . . . buried by his shipmates on the island of DeLoss, near the coat of Africa." An interesting place to visit!

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Full of history about the fishermen. Currently, one could still arrange for a small wedding ceremony here. Beautiful and quaint in one of the most famous and historical seaports.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

In preparation for this visit you might read Chapters 7,8,and 9 of Moby Dick, which talk about this Whaleman's Chapel. You can feel the history here. It is all around you, in the names of whalers lost are on the walls, and the pulpit that was added more recently mimics the description in Melville's book.
The chapel and the adjoining Mariner's Home have a number of good displays about the whalers life.
A must see.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

A very moving bethel with photographs and names of the lost fishermen at sea dotting the walls. A feeling of loss and historic significance when you enter the bethel. Looking around you can envision seamen attending a service or remembering a partner, friend, coworker or loved one. Very old woodwork takes you back into time. A must see.

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