The 2013 New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival, to be held September 28-29, will include opportunities for the public to tour a variety of working vessels, dine on great local cuisine, row through New Bedford Harbor, see a restored whaleboat and more.
The free festival is a family-friendly, educational celebration of New England’s commercial fishing industry, and features live maritime and ethnic music, fishermen’s contests, fresh seafood, vessel tours, author readings, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. It all takes place on working piers and waterfront parks in New Bedford, America’s Number One fishing port.
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Highlights include the F/V ROANN, a fully restored wooden Eastern Rig trawler. Built in 1947, ROANN fished out of Martha’s Vineyard and Point Judith, dragging for flounder, cod and haddock. She has undergone a major restoration at Mystic Seaport Museum and her trip to New Bedford marks her first voyage since that work was completed. In addition to the ROANN, visitors will be able to tour a steel-hulled dragger, scalloper, and deep-sea clammer, a tugboat, and a Stonington dragger.
In addition, a full-sized Beetle Whaleboat, built this spring by the Beetle Boat Shop through collaboration with the New Bedford Whaling Museum and Mystic Seaport Museum, will be on display. James Beetle of New Bedford built over 1,000 whaleboats between 1834 and 1854. Many Beetle whaleboats ended up on the Charles W. Morgan whaling ship, which is slated to return to New Bedford in 2014.
- For visitors wishing an on water experience, the Buzzard’s Bay Rowing Club offers whaleboat rides from 2:00-5:00 on Saturday and 12:00-5:00 on Sunday.
- Whaling City Expeditions offers Harbor Tours both days from noon to 5:00.
- Tugboat enthusiasts should make a point of attending the annual Tug Boat Muster Saturday beginning at 3:00 pm with mini tugs followed by full sized tugs at 3:30.
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