From Whales to Bales

From Whales to Bales (HM1MJI)

Location: New Bedford, MA 02740 Bristol County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 38.09', W 70° 55.265'

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A one-industry whaling town before the Civil War, New Bedford became a one-industry textile town afterward. Cotton bales and coal, both bound for the city's new textile mills, began to replace oil casks on New Bedford wharves.

Oil casks covered with seaweed to keep them from drying out once lined the waterfront. But as whaling profits shrank and risks grew, New Bedford investors turned to cotton. By 1900 the city was the largest producer of fine cotton cloth in the nation. By 1918, as many as 35,000 people in the city were making cotton shirts and sheets.

In 1918, to speed up cotton deliveries to New England and Fall River mills, the state built this pier in the place of three older private wharves. State Pier could dock the largest coastal vessels then afloat.

While the whaling business is still pursued with an energy worthy of all praise ... the whistle of the steam engine, heard morning, noon and night, tells where the busy hand of labor is at work.
Placed ByNational Parks Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 6:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 339990 N 4611016
Decimal Degrees41.63483333, -70.92108333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 38.09', W 70° 55.265'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 38' 5.4" N, 70° 55' 15.9" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 216-228 MacArthur Dr, New Bedford MA 02740, US
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