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Films about the commercial fishing industry and other aspects of the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the theater of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street. Presented by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Dock-U-Mentaries is open to the public and presented free of charge.

January 2020

Tugboat Annie Sails Again

January 17th, 7:00 p.m.

Tugboat Annie Sails Again is the story of “Tugboat” Annie Brennan, skipper on the Narcissus, and her ongoing feud with arch-rival, Captain Bullwinkle.

February 2020

Mark Sweitzer: Lobstering on the Erica Knight

February 21st, 7:00 p.m.

Mark’s first job in the fisheries – unloading the day’s catch from vessels returning to Point Judith, Rhode Island – was just a temporary way to earn some money while visiting friends after college. He simply never intended to become a commercial fisherman, and yet some 40 years later he is still at it, fishing his own boat, the Erica Knight. In this film, Mark discusses his daily life as a lobsterman and some of the challenges he faces on a daily basis. Filmed in 2017 by Markham Starr as part of a larger series for the Library of Congress documenting the commercial fisheries of Point Judith, Rhode Island.

March 2020

Women in the Fishing Industry in Point Judith

March 20th, 7:00 p.m.

While over the years a few women have successfully worked as commercial fishermen out of Point Judith, Rhode Island, the industry has overwhelmingly been dominated by men. As with other traditional industries throughout the country, tightening labor markets and a dwindling supply of men willing to commit to heavy work has created opportunities for women. This film follows a handful  f women now working in the industry through a typical day on deck or on the factory floor. This film is part of a larger series documenting the commercial fishery in Point Judith for the Library of Congress. Film by Markham Starr.




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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