The Whaling Museum Needs Your Photos!

Screenshot from film footage of Gregory Peck leading the parade in New Bedford down Pleasant Street in 1956.

Were you, a family member, or friend at the New Bedford parade for the premiere of the John Houston film version of Moby-Dick?

To celebrate the restoration of the historic Seamen’s Bethel and Mariners' Home in New Bedford, the Whaling Museum is curating four exhibitions on the first floor of the Mariners’ Home. The exhibits will help bring to life the era when the boarding house was bustling with mariners, and will tell the story of how the Mariners’ Home came to be.

One of the exhibitions, Moby-Dick and the Silver Screen, will tell the story of Moby-Dick’s rise in popular culture and New Bedford’s response to the burgeoning international attention it garnered in the mid-twentieth century.

The exhibition will highlight the New Bedford premiere of the film version of Moby-Dick, which was produced and directed by John Houston, and starred Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab. The premiere was on Wednesday June 27, 1956 and was preceded by a parade down Purchase Street, led by Gregory Peck and his co-star Friedrich Ledibur, who played Queequeg.  An estimated 50,000 spectators packed the parade route and many were dressed in whaling era garb.

If you, or a family member, were at the parade and have photos from that day, the Whaling Museum would like to include them in the exhibition. To submit photos for consideration, please email amotta@whalingmuseum.org, or call 508-797-6853.

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