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  • "The Attack of Bedford Harbor" Revolutio...
    by MLBaron on June 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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    "The Attack of Bedford Harbor" Revoltuinary War re-enactment took place in September 1978 in New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA. It was organized and led by Town Historian Donald R. Bernard. This compilation of color slides narrated by Phil Paleologos depicts the scenes and describes the battle that ensued. Close attention to detail made this one of Bernard's greatest accomplishments at the time after publishing his book "Tower of Strength"in 1975. The brazen attack of Dartmouth village by the British is recreated by dozens in period dress and armaments. The slide show video was edited by David Fortin of Media Image Productions with funding from The United Way of New Bedford Mini Grants Program. This YouTube presentation is dedicated to my long time friend and fellow historian Donald R. Bernard on the 20th Anniversary of his death. Follow this link to his plaque dedication at Ft Phoenix held in 1994: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4etRi35hTo

  • The 1944 Hurricane Devastation of Fairha...
    by MLBaron on March 31, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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    Fairhaven Center was never the same again after The Hurricane of 1944 which occurred overnight on September 14. This recently discovered film was restored by the M.L.Baron Historic Archives. This never before seen film from almost 70 years ago reveals the impact of hurricane force winds that destroyed almost every large tree that shaded the town's center for decades. The Town Hall large ornate weather vane toppled onto the front lawn. The Unitarian Church and Millicent Library lost countless trees . The damage to the Congregational Church next to Town Hall was severe. Wilbur Point had massive destruction .The vintage film has some rare color clips . (the 2 children on a fallen tree are The Kelly kids who'd soon be running Kelly's Shipyard decades later) In the 1945 annual town report, the tree warden indicated that there was more tree destruction from the '44 Hurricane than The Hurricane of 1938. For additional pictures visit The West Island Weather Station 1944 Hurricane photo archive:http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=11446431/ From the M.L.Baron Historic Archives. http://www.westislandweather.com/

  • 1952 Vintage Film: Life in New Bedford, ...
    by MLBaron on April 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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    This restored full color version film from the MLBaron Historic Archives / The West Island Weather Station. Life in New Bedford in 1952 shows a vibrant growing city after World War 2. People at work, a bustling downtown and busy fishing fleet are depicted with a city that was growing. Local plants in the city are depicted including Titleist, Revere Copper and Brass, Aerovox, Continental Screw,the Seafood Auction, Cornell-Dubilier,The Standard-Times, paperboys, Blue Bird Taxi, New Bedford Municipal Airport and the people of mutli-cultural ethnicity at play.

  • Vintage Scallop Film New Bedford,MA 1963...
    by MLBaron on March 31, 2013 at 6:47 AM
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    "The Pearl of The Atlantic" is a 1963 classic documentary on the New Bedford Scallop industry. This restored 28 minute vintage film features the history of the scallop with rare closeups of it's many eyes to swimming. New Bedford fishing vessels Explorer and Ruth Lee are in the clip. Scalloping at sea and on board shucking, steel nets-dredges, and the crews busy at work show the hard labor and sometimes dangerous conditions in fishing. Modern scallop processing plants reveal how they were packaged made ready for market and trucked away at Ell Vee Dee Seafoods. Restored from the MLBaron Historic Archives. http://www.westislandweather.com/

  • The Charles W. Morgan at Round Hill, Dar...
    by MLBaron on March 29, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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    The Charles W. Morgan, one of New Bedford's most famous whalers built in 1841 was once owned by one of the richest women in the world. Hetty Green, heiress to the Howland whaling fortune was worth over 100 million in the late 1800's. A recluse dowager who's worth would be in the billions today squandered her money and led a bizarre life. Hetty Green's shrewd investments in the stock market reached legendary heights and the Wall Street signs in New York has her silhouette emblazoned on them to this day. Her children were neglected and were not given proper medical attention because of the expense. Her son, E.H.R."Ned" Green so badly in need of a doctor's medical attention eventually became crippled due to his mother's penchant for hoarding money at any cost. When she died, her son inherited her estate,becoming one of the richest and most eccentric men in the world. He was the epitome on just how far one could go with a "blank-check". Years after the whaling industry succumbed to a new fuel source - oil, whale ships were left derelict at their moorings or broken up. The Charles W. Morgan, considered the flag ship of New Bedford - a city known at the time as The Whaling Capitol of The World was one of the only few square rigged whalers left and she too lay deteriorating at the Union Wharf in Fairhaven, MA. Col E.H.R. Green acquired his late mother's ship and carefully restored it back to its original condition and moored the vessel at his vast estate at Round Hill, South Dartmouth, MA as a popular floating museum in the mid 1920's. This rare film shows the Charles W. Morgan being towed into place. One of the last surviving whaling skippers at the time Capt George Fred Tilton (right) greets a friend at the bow of the ship and instructs a young boy on the theory of sailing with a little carved wooden toy sailboat. With The Charles W. Morgan was fully restored, (The painted gun ports were not a feature when the Morgan was in service as a whaler.) This carefully documented and choreographed film depicts the arrival of the famous Col E.H.R.Green in his well known custom built - chouffer driven electric car. A stunning close-up of the Colonel all smiles and a car full of pipe smoke greets his guests. His demeanor didn't show a man who grew up in unnecessary poverty and neglect, but a jovial happy man now enjoying a spending spree of epic proportions at his vast playground-enclave. At the clips end - The Charles W. Morgan was lit up from lights used from the Colonels nearby airport - which had the first illuminated airport in the country. From the site where aircraft from around the world landed there, to the splitting of the Atom for the first time by MIT scientists, this brief moment of exciting times came to end with the passing of Col E.H.R.Green in1936 at 67yrs old. The now neglected Morgan was aging quickly and was battered by The Hurricane of 1938. It was once said that those who could afford to maintain it as a floating whaling museum didn't care, and to those who did couldn't afford to do so. In November of 1941 the Charles W. Morgan was towed away from its South Dartmouth berth to find a new home in Mystic Connecticut where it remains today on permanent display as the showpiece for The Mystic Seaport Museum. Remains of the main estate have been converted to high end luxury condominium's. The original corroding film was painstakingly restored and saved by The MLBaron Historic Archives. For related story and more photos enter here: http://www.westislandweather.com/charleswmorgan.htm

  • New Bedford 1939 Vintage Film
    by MLBaron on March 31, 2013 at 7:57 AM
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    JUST 9 MONTHS AFTER THE '38 HURRICANE - IT LOOKED LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED IN THIS 1939 NEW BEDFORD CLASSIC FILM. The harbor was busy with routine maritime activity. The "ALERT" made its routine runs.
    Many trees are seen remarkably intact after winds reached 110+ MPH with a 13 foot tidal surge the in the city. Regionally, 5,000 buildings were destroyed, 2600 vessels sunk, whole beach front communities were wiped off the face of the earth in one of the greatest hurricanes to impact Southern New England. In this clip, The New Bedford Yacht Club is missing next to the bridge on the right side. It was demolished and scattered into pieces of broken lumber and debris across Rt 6. That is the only evidence I could see in this short clip from the effects of the storm, although the devastation was massive. The city was in between disasters as WWII was 2 years away. A bustling downtown on a warm spring day shows New Bedford in it's heyday in 1939. This film was restored by The MLBaron Historic Archives.

  • 1985 Fairhaven Fire Dept Fire Muster and...
    by MLBaron on March 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM
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    Uploaded on Jan 19, 2010 http://www.westislandweather.com Get fired up with this 1985 Classic! The Fairhaven Fire Dept hosted it's first fire muster in 20 years , on June 24, 1985. Fire departments from surrounding cities and towns participated in the action at Livesey Park, in North Fairhaven. A massive parade of fire apparatus and emergency vehicles rolled from the fire station to Fort Phoenix then to Livesey Park with sirens and lights blazing all the way. FFD plans another muster in 2012 - for Fairhaven's Bicentennial.

  • 1988 News Clip : Everett S. Allen - 1938...
    by MLBaron on October 28, 2015 at 5:31 PM
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    Rare 1988 News Clip of Everett S. Allen - noted journalist and author of "A Wind To Shake The World, The Story of The 1938 Hurricane". The 50th Anniversary of The 1938 Hurricane was commemorated on September 21,1988, with a ceremony at the Hurricane Barrier and the premiere presentation of the video version of his 1976 Best Seller, produced and directed by MLBaron. Over 1,000 attended with a display of emergency vehicles on the grounds. Fairhaven was the official site for Hurricane Preparedness Day in The Commonwealth as proclaimed by Governor Dukakis. In this restored 27 year old video tape are 2 clips from WLNE and WJAR. *ML's Note: Mr. Allen was not privy to being interviewed on camera, including his appearance in any documentary. He was kind enough to oblige for this special occasion. And the rest is history. To view the documentary enter this link: http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/videos/videos/show/17766216-the-1938-hurricane-a-wind-to-shake-the-world-everett-s-allen

  • Cape Cod Canal 1939
    by MLBaron on March 31, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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    This film taken in 1939-showing the Cape Cod canal and Railroad Bridge. A young couple enjoys the nearby beach in Bourne. Some wreckage still in place from the '38 hurricane. The Cape Cod Canal is a man-made waterway traversing the narrow neck of land that joins Cape Cod to mainland Massachusetts. Part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the canal is roughly 17.4 miles long (approximately 7 of which are cut through land)[1] and connects Cape Cod Bay in the north to Buzzards Bay in the south. The 540-foot width of the canal is spanned by the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge and two highway bridges -- the Bourne and the Sagamore. Traffic lights govern the approach of vessels over 65 feet, and are located at either end of the canal. From the MLBaron Historical Archives. http://www.westislandweather.com

  • Memorial Day Fairhaven , MA c1965
    by MLBaron on March 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM
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    This old film was discovered in the trash along with a movie projector on Tripp St, Fairhaven, MA in 1988. The film in poor condition was restored by equipment at the West Island Weather Station and found to have had this vintage film of the Fairhaven Memorial Day Parade circa 1965. It was filmed at the corners of Main and Washington Sts where Cumberland Farms is located today. Some parts are dark and scratchy but worth bringing back some memories. Some scenes include a brief look at Guys Pharmacy, Roses Market (now Minvera's ) and someone's FHS Graduation Day and scenes around FHS. Do you recall any scenes or people in this film? From the MLBaron Historic Archives

  • 1964 Vintage New Bedford Whaling Days Cl...
    by MLBaron on March 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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    This 1964 Vintage film of "Whaling Days" features Ted Wood of MIT with sea shanties. Milton K. Delano (late) of Fairhaven demonstrates the whale man's art of Scrimshaw with some huge whales teeth he engraved and his recollection of doing scrimshaw for JFK.

      Hosts include Reginald Haggerty - curator of the Whaling Museum, and James Healy, Librarian. Many other features included in this short film restored by The M.L.Baron Historic Archives and www.westislandweather.com/. Original production by Dateline Boston of WHDH for The MA dept of Education 1964.

  • WORLDS 1st TWIN ENGINE HELO 1956 New Bed...
    by MLBaron on March 22, 2013 at 7:23 PM
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    A New Bedford Massachusetts man invented the world's first twin engine helicopter in 1956. Rare 1956 clips of New Bedford Airport. This vintage 1985 Fairhaven cable show hosted by late Historian and Fire Chief Donald R. Bernard, interviewed his uncle, Arthur "Woody" Fortier former engineer-tool and die maker for The Acushnet Co and Convair. He was instrumental in the design and invention of the world's 1st twin engine helicopter which was flown for the first time at New Bedford Airport in 1956. This rare color footage shows the flight as well as some of the machinery involved at one of the hangars. The engineers also boasted that the aircraft was vibration free. Woody was also an active pilot, model maker and small boat builder. From the M.L.Baron Historical Archives.

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