A Trip to New Bedford in a Herreshoff Power Cruiser
For many boaters, the iconic image of a New England harbor looks more like Nantucket than Gloucester. New Bedford Harbor is proof of the unique beauty of New England’s working harbors, contrasting greatly from its highly polished and glossy surroundings in Buzzards Bay. Today New Bedford remains one of the most important commercial fishing ports in the country. Because of this, the waterfront is lined with commercial fishing fleets, large shipyards, and the remains of a booming textile industry.
Earlier this spring, I was able to jump aboard a classic Herreshoff motor cruiser for a quick delivery. Originally built in 1931, Ariel II was restored by Ballentine’s Boat Shop inCataumet and now hails from New Bedford. During the trip I was able to capture a few minutes of footage showing the joys of cruising in a classic, and also the attributes of New Bedford Harbor that make this such a special New England port.