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New Bedford Port Society

Historic Seamen's Bethel & Mariner's Home

Founded in 1830, the New Bedford Port Society maintains the historic Seamen’s Bethel and Mariner’s Home located on the top of Johnny Cake Hill in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Serving the maritime community for over 175 years, the Seamens’ Bethel is also the site of dozens of weddings, christenings and memorial services each year.

Services & Special Events

The Bethel is available for weddings, baptisms or christenings, memorial services, and more.

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The Seamen's Bethel is a beautiful place for your wedding ceremony. Schedule a consultation to learn more! (Featured photo by Ann Street Studio.)

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Additional Services

The Bethel regularly host baptisms, memorial services, and vespers upon request.

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Annual Events at the Bethel

Moby-Dick Marathon Reading | Memorial Day Service | Harvest of the Sea | Christmas Candlelight Service | Interfaith Service

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Readings and Performances

The chapel can also be rented for readings, performances, and photo shoots. Join us for the annual Moby-Dick Marathon, hosted each January in conjunction with the New Bedford Whaling Musuem.

News & Events

May 4, 2018 No Comments


Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2018, 10am Please join us for our annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service.  We will gather at Seamen’s Bethel at 9am, depart at 9:30 for a walking procession down to the waterfront.  The service will begin at 10am at Pier 3, Fishermen’s Wharf.  This event is open to the public and all […]

February 28, 2018 No Comments

Wednesday, February 28, 12pm: Memorial Service for Arthur Moniz

We will be celebrating the life and memory of Arthur Moniz today at the Seamen’s Bethel, beginning at 12pm. “He was a brilliant artist and a humble man. His paintings depict a wide range of interests, from New Bedford’s Rich Maritime History, both fishing and whaling.”  Read the full obituary or Standard Times article.

February 19, 2018 No Comments

Open on President’s Day from 11am-3pm!

Open Monday, February 19, 2018 from 11am-3pm