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Sunday, the last day of the Portuguese Festival, we visted the Gazela, a tall ship built in 1881 in Portugal. In port giving tours during the Festival, we visited this survivor from the golden age of sail. Surprised that it wasn’t bigger, we walked the decks, talked with the preservation crew, and learned that this ship made its last yearly voyage from Portugal to New Bedford in 1969.

It was still working, along with the faster, newer boats in my lifetime! That blew me away.

The rich fishing area around New Bedford is what brought Portuguese immigrants here in great numbers over the years. The ship carried small working dories stacked like tea cups on the decks. They baited long lines with many hooks.

They also maintained the ship, hand pumped the bilge, kept her clean, salt dried the cod for the long journey back to Portugal, and made sense out of the dizzying number of lines, and canvas that it takes to brave the relentless heavy seas and winds. In the 1950’s drag nets on motor-powered trawlers made long lines obsolete and the ship went into retirement. William Wikoff Smith bought it and donated it to the Philadelphia Preservation Society, the oldest wooden square-rigger in the U.S. still sailing. The volunteers who maintain her are so proud of this ship. They learn valuable skills and have life changing experiences.
We then attended Sunday’s Festival Parade.

There were bands…



Historic old vehicles…


And kids scrambling in the streets for thrown candy. I’m part kid when it comes to a parade.
We are soon to leave New Bedford/Dartmouth and we celebrated with our hosts, Donna and Bob Parker at New Bedford’s Antonios Cafe, a wonderful restaurant with Portuguese food. Seafood Paella for me, broiled scrod for Jim. Donna and Bob shared a pork stew. My paella had a lobster tail, claw and one leg, plus multiple small neck clams, mussels, chicken pieces, shrimp, scallops and beef chunks. And, low prices. We looked around and every dish could serve two, or more, rather than one. The Parkers don’t know how Martha Stewart got wind of this place, but she popped in with her entourage one night,  unexpectedly,  and crowed about its virtues on her show. The food was marvelous.  Shrimp and meat appetizers-ditto. I’m feeling quite spoiled and fat by now, as you can imagine.

The pork stew has roasted potatoes on top. The sangria comes in a water glass. Jim was fulfilled by finally having broiled scrod, something he looks  for every time he visits New England.
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New Bedford, Massachusetts – Whaling National Historical Park

Jim says:

On Thursday, we drove about 30 miles to arrive in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. We parked in the back yard of my cousin Bob and Donna’s.

Parked in my cousin’s back yard.

On Friday we went to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park about 10 miles distant. During the 1800’s it was the whaling capital of the world. Also famous for being the home-port of Captain Ahab who sought the great white whale…Moby Dick. They have a great whaling museum which is part of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. We spent about three hours wandering through this National Historical Park.

Here’s some photos…

During the 1800’s, New Bedford was known as The City That Lit The World.
Many Quakers lived in New Bedford during the 1800’s.
The whaling ships amongst their prey.
Taking care of business.
Seamen’s Bethel (House of God)
A tablet dedicated to lost seamen.

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Here’s the official government website link for the park…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about New Bedford…,_Massachusetts

After our park visit, we crossed the river to the City of Fairhaven where I lived when I was 4-10 years old. In Fairhaven, Gene’s Famous Seafoods serves the best Fish and Chips meal in the entire world! Ymmmm!!!! Gene’s has been there since 1964 and I always stop and enjoy a great meal every time I come to this area.

Mary tastes the New England Clam Chowder before attacking our seafood platter which contains scallops, shrimp, clams, fish and french fries.

After our meal I showed Mary the area of Fairhaven where I lived as a young boy. My grand-father and father built our home at 29 Sconticut Neck road.

My home when I was 5-10 years old.

Fairhaven has its own famous history. Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Fairhaven…,_Massachusetts

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