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Apr
11
Thu
Ongoing Exhibit: Swordfishing on the SouthCoast @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm

Ongoing Gallery Exhibit: Stand Clear the Line: Swordfishing on the SouthCoast

April 2024 – September 2024 | New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street, New Bedford) | Included with price of admission

Our newest gallery exhibit explores the fascinating world of commercial swordfishing. Swordfish have been an important fishery for New England for over 200 years, and this majestic fish continues to capture the imagination of fishermen from coast to coast. Explore the history of commercial swordfishing from the age of tall ships to modern times and discover the people who sailed in search of swordfish. This exhibit features a restored swordfish pulpit, harpoons and darts, models and decorated swordfish bills, photographs and video footage, and oral histories from some of Massachusetts’ swordfishing families. On display until September 29, 2024. 

This exhibit and related programming are supported by grants from the DartmouthFairhavenMarionMattapoisettNew Bedford, and Westport Cultural Councils, as well as the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Eversource and the Westport Cultural Council Community Grants, A local agency supported by the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by the Bank of America and the Westport Community Gift Fund.

May
29
Wed
Maritime Knot Class with Erika Hamer @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Maritime Knot Class with Erika Hamer

Wednesday, May 29 | 5:00-6:00pm | FHC (38 Bethel Street) | Tickets available for purchase: $40/general admission; $32/FHC member admission

Learn how to make a rope trivet or decorative knot key fob with local artist Erika Hamer! Whether you are a knot tying expert or just a beginner, you’ll have a great time at this fun, informative class. 1 hour class with a maximum of 12 participants.

About your instructor: Erika Hamer is a Dartmouth-based artist specializing in marlinspike knotting. Knot tying was a legacy from Erika’s father who taught her to make square knot belts when she was only 10 years old. Erika’s nautical artwork ranges from simple sailor bracelets and key fobs to intricate sea chest beckets (handles).

Click here to purchase tickets: https://bit.ly/3y6NnNp

Jun
15
Sat
New Bedford Oysterfest 2024 @ Cisco Brewers New Bedford
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

New Bedford Oysterfest 2024

Saturday, June 15 | 12:00-3:00pm | Cisco Brewers New Bedford (1482 E Rodney French Blvd) | Purchase tickets here!

Join us at Cisco Brewers New Bedford for the very first New Bedford Oysterfest: a showcase of the local aquaculture scene, brought to you by Cisco Brewers and New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Indulge in fresh oysters, shucked for you by the growers of some of the region’s best! Sip on craft beers or small batch cocktails as you enjoy live music right on the water.

Tickets
$35 Advance
$40 Last-minute! (Starts June 14)

Your ticket includes:

  • Sampling of a half-dozen oysters from local growers shucking and telling their story PLUS discount on additional oysters ($2/oyster)
  • One complimentary craft beverage (beer or cocktail can)
  • Souvenir shucking knife to bring the oyster experience home
  • Live music and a fantastic view
  • Proceeds support the Fishing Heritage Center

Whether you’re an oyster aficionado or just aquaculture-curious, you’re not gonna want to miss this epic shellebration!

Jun
29
Sat
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey June Sunset Sail
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey June Sunset Sail

Saturday, June 29 | 6:00-8:30pm | New Bedford State Pier | Click here to purchase tickets

Set sail aboard the historic Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey this summer with FHC! These public sails are the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the history of the commercial fishing industry. We invite you to join us this summer for sunset sails departing from New Bedford’s State Pier at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Fishing Heritage Center. The Center is open Thursday – Sunday, 10am-4pm. A portion of the ticket sales support the Center. Remember: FHC members receive a 20% discount!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Tickets:

General Admission: $60 adults | $30 kids ages 4-12

FHC Members: $48 adults | $24 kids ages 4-12*

Free for children 3 and under

*Current FHC members for whom we have emails were sent a PROMO code through their email. If you didn’t receive a code it may be because your membership has lapsed. Not sure? Please contact the Center at (508) 993-8894 or renew your membership online at https://fishingheritagecenter.org/get-involved/membership/.

 

Please note: Coast Guard regulations require that each passenger, regardless of age, is listed on the ship’s manifest. If you are purchasing multiple tickets, be sure to list each passenger’s name, age, email, phone number, and address.

The schooner was built at the James & Tarr shipyard in Essex, MA as the EFFIE M. MORRISSEY. The 156-foot-long schooner carried Gloucester fishermen to the Grand Banks, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland in search of cod, haddock, and other species. She later served as an arctic explorer and Cape Verdean packet ship before returning to Massachusetts in 1982 as a gift from the Republic of Cape Verde. After a nearly 20 year restoration, she is sailing once again with Captain Tiffany Krihwan at the helm.

Jul
15
Mon
Something Fishy Camp 2024 Session 1 @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – Jul 19 @ 3:00 pm

Something Fish Camp Session 1

Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 | 9:00am-3:00pm | New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street) | Applications available in early May

Something Fishy Camp is a free, week-long summer camp for New Bedford Public School students currently enrolled in the 3rd graders hosted by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Over the course of a week, campers learn about the Port of New Bedford from whaling days to the present day fishing industry through hands-on art and science activities, field trips, and presentations. 

Two one-week sessions will be offered this summer, the first session taking place from July 15-19 and the second session from July 22-26. Applications for Camp will be delivered to the New Bedford schools in early May.

Jul
19
Fri
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey July Sunset Sail
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey July Sunset Sail

Friday, July 19 | 6:00-8:30pm | New Bedford State Pier | Click here to purchase tickets

Set sail aboard the historic Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey this summer with FHC! These public sails are the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the history of the commercial fishing industry. We invite you to join us this summer for sunset sails departing from New Bedford’s State Pier at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Fishing Heritage Center. The Center is open Thursday – Sunday, 10am-4pm. A portion of the ticket sales support the Center. Remember: FHC members receive a 20% discount!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Tickets:

General Admission: $60 adults | $30 kids ages 4-12

FHC Members: $48 adults | $24 kids ages 4-12*

Free for children 3 and under

*Current FHC members for whom we have emails were sent a PROMO code through their email. If you didn’t receive a code it may be because your membership has lapsed. Not sure? Please contact the Center at (508) 993-8894 or renew your membership online at https://fishingheritagecenter.org/get-involved/membership/.

 

Please note: Coast Guard regulations require that each passenger, regardless of age, is listed on the ship’s manifest. If you are purchasing multiple tickets, be sure to list each passenger’s name, age, email, phone number, and address.

The schooner was built at the James & Tarr shipyard in Essex, MA as the EFFIE M. MORRISSEY. The 156-foot-long schooner carried Gloucester fishermen to the Grand Banks, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland in search of cod, haddock, and other species. She later served as an arctic explorer and Cape Verdean packet ship before returning to Massachusetts in 1982 as a gift from the Republic of Cape Verde. After a nearly 20 year restoration, she is sailing once again with Captain Tiffany Krihwan at the helm.

Jul
22
Mon
Something Fish Summer Camp Session 2 @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – Jul 26 @ 3:00 pm

Something Fish Camp Session 2

Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 | 9:00am-3:00pm | New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street) | Applications available in early May

Something Fishy Camp is a free, week-long summer camp for New Bedford Public School students currently enrolled in the 3rd graders hosted by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Over the course of a week, campers learn about the Port of New Bedford from whaling days to the present day fishing industry through hands-on art and science activities, field trips, and presentations.

Two one-week sessions will be offered this summer, the first session taking place from July 15-19 and the second session from July 22-26. Applications for Camp will be delivered to the New Bedford schools in early May.

Aug
16
Fri
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey August Sunset Sail
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey August Sunset Sail

Friday, August 16 | 6:00-8:30pm | New Bedford State Pier | Click here to purchase tickets

Set sail aboard the historic Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey this summer with FHC! These public sails are the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the history of the commercial fishing industry. We invite you to join us this summer for sunset sails departing from New Bedford’s State Pier at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Fishing Heritage Center. The Center is open Thursday – Sunday, 10am-4pm. A portion of the ticket sales support the Center. Remember: FHC members receive a 20% discount!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Tickets:

General Admission: $60 adults | $30 kids ages 4-12

FHC Members: $48 adults | $24 kids ages 4-12*

Free for children 3 and under

*Current FHC members for whom we have emails were sent a PROMO code through their email. If you didn’t receive a code it may be because your membership has lapsed. Not sure? Please contact the Center at (508) 993-8894 or renew your membership online at https://fishingheritagecenter.org/get-involved/membership/.

 

Please note: Coast Guard regulations require that each passenger, regardless of age, is listed on the ship’s manifest. If you are purchasing multiple tickets, be sure to list each passenger’s name, age, email, phone number, and address.

The schooner was built at the James & Tarr shipyard in Essex, MA as the EFFIE M. MORRISSEY. The 156-foot-long schooner carried Gloucester fishermen to the Grand Banks, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland in search of cod, haddock, and other species. She later served as an arctic explorer and Cape Verdean packet ship before returning to Massachusetts in 1982 as a gift from the Republic of Cape Verde. After a nearly 20 year restoration, she is sailing once again with Captain Tiffany Krihwan at the helm.

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