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Inagural Cuttyhunk “Cruise-in-Company”

Last Thursday, the Museum along with some help from Vintage Yacht Club and Henry Wheelright of UBS, hosted an inaugural “Cruise-in-Company” to the beautiful island of Cuttyhunk. Around 60 people joined the fleet which originated out of New Bedford Harbor on a perfect summer day. (Which I think all these boaters deserved after a summer of mostly heavy rain and muggy weather!)

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Cuttyhunk Island has deep ties to not only to the history of the United States, but also the New Bedford Whaling Museum. In short, in 1602, the English colonist Bartholomew Gosnold arrived at Cuttyhunk Island, explored what is now Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and New Bedford, and then sailed off to settle in the Jamestown Colony of Virginia. 300 years later, a monument in his honor was erected on the island, and ownership was given to a newly established organization known as the Old Dartmouth Historical Society. The monument itself stands in an extremely inaccessible part of the island, but that didn’t keep our group from celebrating its existence with a leisurely trip to visit the island that holds the first accessioned piece of our collection.

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