New Bedford at the mouth of the Acushnet River is busy, commercial, colorful and imbued with a historic seafaring flavor.
New Bedford was once the hub of the American whaling industry, and it retains many a reminder of the days when its fleet was larger than all others combined. The harbor is an active commercial and fishing port, still boasting a fleet of trawlers, draggers, scallopers and lobster boats. Ferries to Cuttyhunk, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are all available from New Bedford. The New Bedford Whaling Museum (508-997-0046) and the Seamen’s Bethel, a church with the pew once occupied by Moby Dick author Herman Melville, are both easy to visit on foot.
The Waterway Guide Team has gained extensive boating knowledge over the years, and now we are sharing all of the tips, skills and tools we’ve picked up along the way!