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Reidar’s Trawl-Scallop Gear & Marine Supply
Produced by Markham Starr as part of the Voices from the Port series with funding from Mass Humanities

Reidar’s Manufacturing builds nets, dredges, and other gear essential to the industry. Like many shoreside businesses, Reidar’s Manufacturing is family owned and operated. Reidar Bendiksen fished for over 25 years before coming ashore to open the gear shop in the mid-1980s. Today sons Tor and Hans work alongside their father, and wife Kirsten manages the office.

Ship to Shore: Celebrating Families in the Industry
Produced by Diana Lempel with funding from Mass Humanities

This exhibit showcases moments from the Working Waterfront Festival’s archive that tell the story of the broad range of experiences of fishing families.  There are stories about trials and triumphs, about first days at sea and proud moments as parents. They’ve lived their lives at the port and out to sea, and generations of their families have contributed, in ways big and small, to the work of our fisheries.



38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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