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Seamen's Bethel

15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
+1 508-992-3295
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Seamen’s Bethel

Full of history about the fishermen. Currently, one could still arrange for a small wedding... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
suz862018
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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
This is physical history

In preparation for this visit you might read Chapters 7,8,and 9 of Moby Dick, which talk about this... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2018
Robert S
,
Lawrence, Kansas
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A historic church dedicated to sailors.
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15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
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"who lost their lives"
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"boarding house"
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"an interesting place"
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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...More

Thank Robert S
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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...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Wow. So glad we went in. The stories! The life preserver that made it's way to France? The homage to all the fishermen who have lost their lives at sea? Amazing place, amazing stories.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

I understand the connection to Moby Dick and the history surrounding the place. But the ship bow that they recently built to please the tourists is very cheesy and is a total distraction to what this place is really about.

Thank kevin s
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

I heard the best acoustic guitar I ever heard, with little amplification, a perfect space for its sound. But it is no longer free, since they've put millions into "improving" it and the nextdoor Seamen's Home.

Thank Jim J
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The Seamen's Bethel is a chapel honoring those who have died at sea, sailing from the New Bedford harbor. It's a very moving experience. It's also the model for the chapel in Moby-Dick that Ishmael visits before setting sail.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

Each year in early January during the Moby Dick Book reading Marathon being held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum the participants cross the street to the Seaman's Bethel where the Chapter 9 sermon of Moby Dick is enacted by a minister and the sermon...More

Thank yankeeaw
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Don't miss this if you're going to the Whaling Museum across the street. It doesn't take long to go through but there's some really cool stuff to see, like the ship pulpit and Herman Melville's pew.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Seaman's Bethel and the Mariners home have undergone major renovations and are now handicapped accessible! If you are a native and have not visited in a while well worth it. Hit it on AHA night while you also gain access to the Whaling Museum and...More

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