Seamen's Bethel

New Bedford Historical Walking Tour

Seamen's Bethel

New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740, United States

Created By: Katie Mannix

Point of Interest Details

The Seamen's Bethel was built in 1832 by the Port Society. The building functioned as a nondemonimational church - a place for sailors and whalemen to go to for 'moral improvement'. Herman Melville visited the site prior to embarking on the Acushnet in 1841. Melville described a pulpit that didn't exist at the time. In 1961, five years after the movie release of Moby Dick in 1956, a pulpit mirroring the one in the film was constructed for the Bethel.

Information Courtesy -; National Park Service -; A Picture History of New Bedford, Volume 1

This point of interest is part of the tour: New Bedford Historical Walking Tour


Leave a Comment



Download the App

Download the PocketSights Tour Guide mobile app to take this self-guided tour on your GPS-enabled mobile device.

iOS Tour Guide Android Tour Guide



Updates and Corrections

Please send change requests to