The Seamen's Bethel

The Seamen's Bethel (HM13HI)

Location: New Bedford, MA 02740 Bristol County
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N 41° 38.098', W 70° 55.412'

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Saving Mariners' Souls
After months at sea, many whaling men were unable to resist the temptations of this port city. In 1832, the New Bedford Port Society for the Moral Improvement of Seamen opened this mariners' chapel "to protect the rights and interests of Seamen, and to furnish them with moral, intellectual and religious instruction."

By supplying Bibles and nondenominational services, the Bethel (chapel) hoped to combat all those influences to which the port's mariners fell prey-liquor, licentiousness, and dishonest merchants. A survey in 1852 found 37 "liquor shops" and 21 "houses of ill repute" in this ward alone.
HM NumberHM13HI
Placed ByNational Parks Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 8:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 339786 N 4611035
Decimal Degrees41.63496667, -70.92353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 38.098', W 70° 55.412'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 38' 5.88" N, 70° 55' 24.72" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-23 1st St, New Bedford MA 02740, US
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