A Day in My Life: New Bedford Whaling Museum

During my research trip, we made a stop at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts. Excellent museum! New Bedford is a pretty town, too. Cobblestone roads, lovely old buildings. Rich with history. For a while, Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world (hence . . . the financial capital of the world), but for a variety of reasons, it shifted to New Bedford in the middle of the 19th century.

IMG_5464Skeleton of a blue whale.


The Quakers had a strong influence on the whaling industry.


This is a “busk,” a stay for a corset, made of scrimshaw (whale bone).


Quaker clothing. Note the silk dress—they didn’t want to use cotton because of the slave trade.


A Bible in the Captain’s quarters (left). This huge map showed where the whales were found around the world (right).

IMG_5493The Seaman’s Bethel was a church for sailors. This one was mentioned in Moby Dick by Herman Melville.   

I’ve been to three whaling museums in the United States now—there’s one more left, in Maui, that I hope to go to . . . for obvious reasons. 🙂

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Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Thank you for sharing another day in your life! 🙂

  2. Barbara Prisinzano says:

    Thanks for sharing your tour!! I enjoyed it!! Barbara861@verizon.net Barbara Prisinzano

  3. Alice Angell says:

    Where are the other two whaling museums you have been to?