The Seamen's Bethel, a non-denominational church, is still an active house of worship as well as an historic site. It is undergoing some restoration and is stylistically simple, so the draw isn't in its physical beauty. However, it is sobering to sit in a pew and think of the many seamen--including Melville--who prayed here before shipping out. Memorial plaques on the walls tell some of the stories of those who didn't return, *leaving visible space for fresh entries.* Across the street from the New Bedford Whaling Museum, it is well worth a visit.
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