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Contact: Laura Orleans, 508-993-8894The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on July 21st at 7:00 p.m. with The Eagle: America’s Tall Ship a film by David Whittkower. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.
A behind-the-scenes look at one of the most unique US Coast Guard training exercises at sea. Christened in the German Navy and seized as a war prize during World War II, the Eagle today trains over 600 new officer cadets every year. With a call to ‘Sail Stations,’ the action begins as trainees learn to climb rigging that stretches 130 feet above the water, unfurl sails while battling heavy seas, and master rigorous drills focusing on flood control, safety, man overboard, firefighting, damage control, first aid, navigation, line handling and more. The eighty-minute film introduces the exceptional breed of men and women who call the Eagle home. They share their stories of what it’s like to live and learn in an atmosphere where the pace is hectic, the action nonstop, and the dangers ever present. The film maker, David Whittkower, will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of New Bedford’s fishing industry through exhibits, programs, and archives. www.fishingheritagecenter.org
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com
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