Join the museum’s Curator of Maritime History, Michael P. Dyer, as he takes us through New Bedford’s origins as a colonial whaling port and its advantages as a deep-water seaport and how it became successfully adaptable to new industries as time went on. With the introduction of the railroad in the 1840s the seaport was in a prime position to receive enormous quantities of coal to produce steam power for the textile mill boom of the late nineteenth century. Large schooners and barges brought coal and lumber. The railroad shipped finished products. The photographs in this exhibition and presentation outline this development, growth, and adaptation.