RI fisherman featured in October Dock u mentaries

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News Release Date: October 3, 2017

Contact: Laura Orleans, 508-993-8894

The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on October 20th at 7:00 p.m. with Charlie Brayton: Life of a Fisherman, a film by Markham Starr. 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.


Having begun life on Prudence Island as the son of a clam raker, Charlie Brayton has fished nearly his entire life. This film by Markham Starr follows Charlie and his deckhand Douglas Stone through a day off Block Island, Rhode Island, as they fish for both lobster bait and groundfish. The film provides a backdrop as Charlie narrates his life story in the industry, from near-perpetual seasickness to learning the trade with help from his friends.  Film maker Markham Starr and fisherman Charlie Brayton 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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Last updated: October 3, 2017

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