Take a trolley ride through Downtown New Bedford, MA in 1921. This vintage film restored by the M.L.Baron Historic Archives in 1983. Features some great scenes of an era gone by 92 years ago! Produced by The Union Street Railway Co. commemorating 45 years of service. Visit Fort Phoenix Beach in Fairhaven, MA and Lincoln Park in their heyday. Sit in the rider's seat of the famous horse drawn Oxford Trolley #10 as it heads to Purchase St in the city and greeted by then popular Mayor Ashley. This classic film has period music from the 1920's to augment the clip.
http://www.westislandweather.com/ A Rising Tide was an informational documentary film presentation of the newly formed New Bedford Industrial Development Commission in 1964. It was hosted and narrated by Chet Huntley of NBC News. The rehabilitation of the city's waterfront and the beginnings of the Industrial Park in the far north end of New Bedford are featured. New Bedford's youngest Mayor Edward F. Harrington with other city officials. Great footage of the city in transition by government grants and funding. The hurricane barrier under construction and Route 195 are also highlighted. This classic vintage film was restored by The MLBaron Historic Archives
http://westislandweather.com/ The world premiere of MOBY DICK starring Gregory Peck in 1956 took place right here in the former Whaling Capital of the world, New Bedford, Massachusetts. A rare film clip was located and restored from the MLBaron Historic Archives featuring Gregory Peck in an open car waving to fans in this elaborate parade put on by the city. This is the first time this film has ever been seen by the public. Familiar scenes on Purchase St and the New Bedford Hotel can be seen in the background. Although brief it is still a fun nostalgic clip.
A SALUTE TO OUR FIREFIGHTERS, The Pairpoint Mill fire was one of the toughest mill fires New Bedford Firefighters battled in the city's history. This General Alarm conflagration required mutual aid from surrounding towns. It started on October 1st, 1965. The flames where so intense that it blew horizontally out the brick factory windows like a blow torch. The Pairpoint Manufacturing Company was established in 1880 in New Bedford, MA, on the property adjoining on one of the earliest New England glass-works, The Mount Washington Glass Company. Pairpoint was originally formed to make plated Britannia metal products to complement the glasswares of the Mt.Washington Company. Thomas J. Pairpoint, a London-born businessman was named superintendent of the new company. In 1894 Pairpoint Manufacturing Company purchased Mt. Washington and the two companies merged under the name Pairpoint Corporation This merger set the scene for the manufacture of lamps and other goods comprised of metal and glass under the name of Pairpoint. The Pairpoint Corporation employed more than 300 persons in 1906 making a variety of blown and molded glasswares and silver plated Britannia metal wares from pragmatic to ornamental presentation pieces including tea sets, prize cups, flatware and other cut glass articles. The Great Depression and the Reciprocal Trade Acts forced the company to close, and in 1939 it was sold to Mr. Isaac Babbit, Thomas Tripp, and Chester A. W. Best, who remained it first, Guderson Glass works, then in 1952, Gudersons Pairpoint. The plan closed in 1956, and the old factory on Prospect Street, long since deserted was destroyed by fire in 1965. The Pairpoint Mill had been condemned and was slated for demolition to make way for the South Terminal Renewal Project when firee broke out on the morning of October 2, 1965. The fire was apparently started by a man cutting though a live gas pipe with a torch so that he could steal the pipe. The pipe ignited, and the old mill was instantly engulfed in flames. Luckily, though there was wind, it was also a rainy day, which helped prevent further spread of the flames to other nearby structures and nearby fuel tanks. More than 100 firefighters from nine engines and three ladder companies were called in to battle the fire, the worst since the Soule Mill fire in 1938. (Footage by WTEV-6 News.) From the M.L.Baron Historic Archives
A CITY THAT ONCE WAS: MLBaron turns back the hands of the clock to Downtown New Bedford, MA in July of 1947 with this rare color film. The city celebrated it's Centennial with much hoopla. Events were staged everywhere. The war was over and rubber was now in abundant supply, so the balloons came out, BIG balloons! Converse Photo was now allowed to sell cameras again. Tire rationing was over-and the city had a lot to celebrate about anyway. Look at the crowds at Union and Purchase Streets! Almost everybody wore a hat. Many don't know how to feel when they look at this. Some reminisce while others express anger of what the city has become. As a lifelong resident I feel both. This is a period in time which will never come back but am grateful that films like this will survive for generations to come. From The MLBaron Historic Archives.
EVEN ON MOTHER'S DAY - A MOM'S WORK IS NEVER DONE A cold pouring rain with a 42 degree temperature didn't stop this future mom - a Baltimore Oriole, from feeding on what was left of oranges on our West Island deck - this raw Mother's Day 2019. The temperature was 42F and a wind chill of 33 degrees. The wind was out of the northeast at 19, gusting to 25MPH. More raw weather on the way with signs of hope for a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. No promises - but the potential is looking good. Enjoy the relaxation of this clip with the natural sounds of the rain captured with our enhanced nature microphones. Baltimore orioles are basically solitary outside their mating season. The species is generally considered monogamous, although evidence suggests that extra-pair copulation is reasonably common. In the spring, males establish a territory then display to females by singing and chattering while hopping from perch to perch in front of them. Males also give a bow display, bowing with wings lowered and tail fanned. Depending on their receptiveness, the females may ignore these displays or sing and give calls or a wing-quiver display in response. The wing-quiver display involves leaning forward, often with tail partly fanned, and fluttering or quivering slightly lowered wings. The Baltimore oriole's nest is built by the female. It is a tightly woven pouch located on the end of a branch, consisting of any plant or animal materials available, hanging down on the underside. Trees such as elms, cottonwoods, maples, willows or apples are regularly selected, with the nest usually located around 7 to 9 m (23 to 30 ft) above the ground. The female lays three to seven eggs, with the norm being around four. The eggs are pale gray to bluish white, measuring 2.3 cm × 1.6 cm (0.91 in × 0.63 in) on average. The incubation period is 12 to 14 days. Once the nestlings hatch, they are fed by regurgitation by both parents and brooded by the female for two weeks. After this the young start to fledge, becoming largely independent shortly thereafter. If the eggs, young, or nest are destroyed, the oriole is unable to lay a replacement clutch/ Source: Wikipedia Video by MLBaron for westislandweather.com
The natural sounds of spring birds captured with our enhanced stereo microphones designed for ambient natural audio. Thursday - April 18, 2019 at 620AM. Microphones aimed to the east about 25 feet from ground. Video was captured simultaneously at sunrise over Buzzards Bay, with a pan over from the reservation to North Cove. The temperature was 44.5 and wind calm, last read out of the southeast at 5MPH. The humidity was 77% and dew point dry at 37.8F. The ocean temperature was 46 degrees. Video by MLBaron for westislandweather.com
Sunrise at West Island Town Beach - Christmas Day 2015. Music by Libera: Wexford Carol. Enter full screen for nicest viewing. *ML's Note: A wave almost took out the camera set at low level, less than 8 inches above the sand. Even though seaweed and saltwater made it to the tripod, just inches from the camera, somehow it survived and this video was made possible. Video by MLBaron for westislandweather.com
FAIRHAVEN - The FISHING VESSEL "GENESIS" ran hard-aground off Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven MA. According to the captain - the 65ft fishing vessel, outbound - lost the auto-pilot steering and the vessel veered into the treacherous rock area near the outbound channel of New Bedford's outer harbor known as Egg Island. The grounding occurred about 7AM November 4, 2018. The Fairhaven Harbormaster along with other marine rescue assets responded to the scene. There were no injuries and the crew remained on board. The ROY BOY tug arrived on the scene for a commercial tow/salvage operation. The vessels were waiting for high tide at the time of this taping. MLBaron video for http://www.westislandweather.com
Time lapse October 23 2018 storm event from West Island Weather Station Cam at Town Beach - Fairhaven, MA The 21 minute video was condensed to a 2 minute clip. (original on file) Footage being examined to officially determine storm cloud rotation during this video. westislandweather.com
IN 1987 - THE LARGEST PARADE OF NEW BEDFORD FISHING VESSELS EVER - Celebrated the 200th Anniversary of The City of New Bedford. The 18th Annual Blessing of The New Bedford Fishing Fleet as seen from the deck of the USCGC EAGLE. Hosted by Bill Brennan- WBSM, Barry Richard - WNBH and MLBaron - Cable 2. Dozens of decorated fishing vessels participated along with other craft that filled New Bedford Harbor with over 100 vessels on August 16, 1987. See some crews and their vessels no longer with us with some lost in tragedy and many that still fish out of the city. *ML's Note: Restored tape in satisfactory condition from The MLBaron Historic Archives.
FAIRHAVEN CASUALTIES in 1938 HURRICANE TOOK BOTH YOUNG AND OLD AND THE HEROIC Eighty years has left little evidence of one of the most destructive weather events in New England history. On Wednesday - September 21, 1938 a hurricane so brutal that its tidal surge registered as a major earthquake on a Richter scale at Fordham State University in New York. Wind gusts from 173 to 186 MPH took the area by surprise while kids were just getting out of school. 500 summer cottages were instantly obliterated within minutes as a forty-foot wave with ten feet of froth above that wiped out the entire coastal village of Misquamicut RI. Fairhaven's death toll could have been much higher if not for summer residents that left their seaside cottages for the season a few weeks prior. In this small clip from "A Wind To Shake The World" contains the complete list of Fairhaven casualites. The full video here: https://youtu.be/JycDf5s5wB0 Compiled from the MLBaron Historic Archives for westislandweather.com