Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Boston Blitz #8 - New Bedford, MA
Herman Melville's New Bedford is just a tad bit different in this century. But the streets still hold the history of mariners. Bethels were built to keep the mariners out of the brothels; banks were built to store the money of the rich captains and whalers. If you look closely at the bank, notice the difference in the two entrances? Can you tell which entrance the sea captains entered and which the hired hands entered?
New Bedford is about a 45 minute ride south of Boston - a city rich with history and ethnicity. It's actually closer to Providence, RI than Boston. Ty and I noticed another close connection, of course tied to whaling, between Boston and Hawaii. It seems Hawaiians were recruited to educate the New Bedford whalers. What a trip that would have been from Hawaii to MA on a schooner - around the capes.....heroic!