Phil Mello has been documenting the fishing industry since the mid-1970s. In the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019, Phil took weekly trips to Cuttyhunk Island to document everyday life in this island community. He will share images and stories from this ongoing project.
The talk will take place at the National Park Theater (33 William Street, New Bedford). The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.
Big Boats Little Boats
A free celebration of commercial fishing culture in New Bedford, MA, the #1 Fishing Port in the Country.
Activities will take place in and around the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street) and on Steamship Pier (walking and vessel tours) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A free shuttle will run in a loop between the Center and the waterfront.
An evening performance of maritime music at the Seamen’s Bethel, (15 Johnny Cake Hill) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. featuring the New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus, Ana Vinagre Ensemble, and the Johnson Girls.
Through exhibits, demonstrations, walking tours, dockside vessel tours, author readings, and performances, the event will showcase industry skills, fisheries science, and sustainable seafood.
A display of model fishing boats will complement the Center’s fall exhibit F/V Innovation chronicling the history of vessels and gear and honoring the contributions of local industry innovators.
The Center invites the public to bring their fishing industry related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. Staff will scan the materials and record any information the owner shares about each piece. The owner will leave with their originals along with a digital copy of the scans on a flash drive. The Center is working to create a digital archive of these materials which will be made available to researchers and the public. These documents will help us to tell the story of the fishing industry.
Join us for our October Dock-u-mentary, “The Port that Built a City and a State: Baltimore’s Historic Maritime Television Series 1950- 1965.” Following WWII, Helen Delich Bentley, a young, female journalist in Baltimore, Maryland, became immersed in a world of mariners, longshoremen and entrepreneurs where she discovered a never ending source of stories. In 1950, she proposed a series to Baltimore’s first TV station, WMAR, that became “The Port that Built a City and State.” For 15 years, she took Marylanders behind the scenes, on tugboats and skipjacks and through the maze of businesses ringing the waterfront. This film explores Bentley and her work.
Following the film, Nancy Harding and Becky Evans, journalists who covered the New Bedford waterfront, will lead a discussion and share stories of their experiences.
The screening will take place at the National Park Theater (33 William Street, New Bedford). The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.