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“Quick Stop But Moving” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Seamen's Bethel

Seamen's Bethel
Ranked #3 of 40 things to do in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A historic church dedicated to sailors.
Davis, California
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257 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
“Quick Stop But Moving”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

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.

Visited July 2012
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El Cerrito, CA
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230 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Stop in for a minute”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

If you are already in New Bedford, this church is right around the corner from the Whaling Museum. It is mostly interesting for its simple style and the fact that Herman Melville was here and used it as part of Moby Dick.

Visited June 2012
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Newtown, PA
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61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Rest, meditate, and pray”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2012

A small chapel across from the whaling museum. It is the actual chapel which was used for a setting in Melville's Moby Dick. The docent was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the chapel as well as it's significance to Melville.

Visited June 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“new bedford history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

New Bedford was and still is a fisherman's town. New Bedford is known as the Whaling City

Visited April 2012
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“full of history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

great old building, cool stones and memorials inside to remember those lost at sea.

Visited January 2012
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