The New Bedford Whaling Museum's Moby-Dick Marathon is an annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville's literary masterpiece. The multi-day program of entertaining activities and events is presented every January. Admission to the Marathon is free.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Today in History

From The New York Times, on this day in 1924:
LAST OF THE WHALERS WRECKED IN STORM; The Wanderer, From New Bedford, Ends Her Career on Final Cruise -- 8 of Crew Missing.

The Wanderer was the last whaler to sail from New Bedford. On her last voyage (1924) from New Bedford, the vessel anchored off Martha's  Vineyard to wait out an approaching storm. During the night the anchor let go and the ship was ultimately destroyed on the rocks.

The Whaling Museum's photo archives has dozens of photos of the Wanderer, as well as "Mate Gomes" mentioned in the Times article--search their Photo Archives with Keyword: Wanderer.

Check out "bark Wanderer's try-works" and  "the Wanderer trying-out at night."

Today, the mizzen mast of the Wanderer stands as a flagpole in Mattapoisett's Shipyard Park, just feet from where she was built.

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