The Forecastle

Casa dos Botes Discovery Center

All Hands on Deck on the Fo’c’sle – Grab your sailor’s bedding and get dressed to climb abroad the fo’c’sle (forecastle), a reproduction of the forward section of a Yankee whaleship.

Back by popular demand, the Museum’s fo’c’sle is once again “setting sail” from New Bedford harbor as a star attraction in the Casa dos Botes Discovery Center. Generations of children spent thousands of hours exploring our old fo’c’sle. Construction of the Wattles Jacobs Education Center, completed in 2015, allowed us to relocate this crowd-pleasing exhibit. It provides a realistic, hands-on experience of what life at sea was like for crew, both below and above decks.


Photo by George Comer, Schooner Era, 1980.37.198.
Photo by George Comer, Schooner Era, 1980.37.198.




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