Explore New Bedford’s Whaling History

Bus Trip! with NLCHS Staff and Fellow Members

New Bedford MA, although a much larger city, has many things in common with New London: its whaling history, its 19th century prominence, its beautiful historic homes, its ethic diversity and its active waterfront. Plan to join us on Friday 19 August, for a tour to New Bedford to explore this interesting and lively city and two of its great museums. A special point of interest at the Whaling Museum will be the recently opened exhibit  on the Azorean and Cape Verdean connections to New England through the whaling trade.


Included in the tour is motor coach transportation from New London (or Stonington — we’ll pick you up), with commentary provided by our own whaling authorities; admission to the New Bedford Whaling Museum with a special guided tour by Senior Curator Michael Dyer; lunch at a waterfront restaurant; and a tour of the historic Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Gardens.

Refreshments will also be served on the bus. For complete information and reservations please contact us at 860.443.1209. Reservations should be made before August 5 in order to ensure a successful trip!

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE is $89 for members, $95 for non-members. Make reservations by calling the Shaw Mansion — don’t miss the bus; call today.

Lunch will be at the WaterFront Grille. Waterfront Grille at 36 Homers Wharf is the only privately owned restaurant and function facility located on the waterfront of New Bedford overlooking the number one fishing port in the United States. The Grille has a casual atmosphere with spectacular views of New Bedford’s harbor and fishing fleet. The menu is representative of the views with 85% fish that is fresh daily. The menu will also include a select amount of meat dishes of high quality grade and a kids menu. Menu choices for our group will be available soon.

Edward Baker, the NLCHS Executive Director, will be the bus host. He worked at Mystic Seaport for 16 years before moving to New London and is a recognized authority on 19th century whaling with published articles on whale oil and coopering. Deborah Donovan, the NLCHS Board President, will also be with us as the trip planner and she is an authority on elephant seal hunting as practiced by New London whalemen. Deborah has traveled to Australia to further her research on this little known aspect of 19th century whaling.

Make your reservations by calling 860.443.1209