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PORTUGUESE TO THE END

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…

…Dancers…

Jugglers…

Historic old vehicles…

Politicians…

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.
For a slug of pictures check my album:
http://picasaweb.google.com/1579penn/8110FestaParadeGazelaDiPaola#

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Portuguese Feast – New Bedford, Massachusetts – Day 3

Jim says…

Yesterday weather-wise was decent. Partly cloudy skies, 81 degrees and moderate humidity. It was also another long and fun-filled day.

First event of the day took us down to the state pier in New Bedford to see the once-upon-a-time Portuguese Cod-Fishing vessel…The Gazela. Gazela is living history…originally built in 1883…she is believed to be the oldest square-rigger in the United States still sailing. She is home-ported in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This photo of Gazela was taken from a photo on the Gazela…

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The cook in his galley (navy-speak for kitchen)…

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And Mary at the helm (navy-speak for steering wheel)…

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Here’s the Gazela’s official website link…
http://www.gazela.org

Here are two other links about Gazela…
http://gazela.org/offerings/
http://my.ojornal.com/news/gazela-new-bedford

Next stop (not associated with the Portuguese Feast) was at Gene’s Famous Seafoods across the river in Fairhaven to indulge, one final time, in a meal of the world’s best Fish & Chips! Mary had the clam chowder.

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Then to the final event of the Portuguese Feast (for us)…the parade.

Here Mary anxiously awaits the parade…

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Here are four other photos from the parade…

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The final stop of the day was at my cousin Mike’s home in East Freetown…

He’s an avid kayaker…

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Mary took her first solo drive(?) of a kayak…

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Cousin Mike with family and friends…

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And finally, a portrait shot of Mike’s Boston Terrier Vinnie who is a boundless ball of energy and kept us amused during our visit.

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To see the other 57 photos I took yesterday, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/080110#

It was a full and fun day. We arrived back to the motorhome at 9:00 PM.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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