About New Bedford Harbor
Welcome to the Port of New Bedford!
Our harbor is the world's most famous whaling era seaport and the number one fishing port in America for the twelfth straight year. For the recreational boater, New Bedford is probably the best-kept secret in Buzzards Bay, especially for its unparalleled marine facilities and services.
Recreational boating in our waters is as varied as it is wonderful. New Bedford Harbor is home to all kinds of recreational watercraft, ferry service to Martha's Vineyard and Cuttyhunk, excursion boats, water taxis and cruise ships. Unique to New Bedford, you may see a 28 foot whaleboat gliding by with its strokes in perfect harmony. (If you are interested in rowing in our Harbor, here is a list of all the local community rowing and sailing organizations).
To enjoy our Harbor to the fullest, we know you need some information. This section provides the key harbor contacts. Learn more the Port and City in About the Port and about all the impressive features of our harbor in Key Features.
Finally, New Bedford has a fascinating history that began 18 years before the Mayflower Pilgrims even stepped on that rock! Read about Indians, whaling, Frederick Douglass, Moby Dick and more! You'll see how four centuries of innovation, reinvention and fortitude color the city's past in the History of New Bedford.