Stop 6: Centre Street
At the “Centre” of Whaling Industry
As you look down the “center” of Centre Street, you can see the harbor and heart of New Bedford’s economy over the years. Compare the two pictures and you see what it looked like then, and what it looks like now. The buildings on the block look almost untouched. The tall masts of the whalers surely dwarf todays fishing vessels and the land has been extended into the harbor. Buildings which could not be restored were replaced by those from the same time period, rescued from the modern roadway which separates the city from the waterfront. Despite the changes, the heart of New Bedford is still the sea. New Bedford still brings in more revenue from fishing than any other American port thanks to the scallop industry. The seas harvest is still the raw martial for much of the cities industry.
Last updated: December 10, 2020