New Captain at the Helm of the New Bedford Whaling Museum


The New Bedford Whaling Museum is one of my favorite maritime museums. I’ve written about it before as a place that launched my passion for and career in the maritime world. (The World’s Largest Ship Model). Today the museum continues to stir the imagination of future captains like my son Luke (above). It’s always a regular port of call for our family adventures.

Last month the museum appointed James Russell as it’s new president. Most recently Mr. Russell was vice president at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI and prior to that he was at the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol, RI.

Last week the New Bedford Standard Times published an interview with Mr. Russell about his thoughts about his new job and the future of the museum. Here’s a link to the article: After two weeks on the job, new president of Whaling Museum has only positive impressions (October 12, 2008)

Under the former president, Anne Brengle, who moved on to the Coast Guard Foundation last year, the museum expanded significantly and really became a world class institution. Of course, with growth comes challenges and I’m sure the new president will have his hands full for some time to come.

We wish Mr. Russell good luck and great success in navigating this great museum into it’s next era.

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

2 thoughts on “New Captain at the Helm of the New Bedford Whaling Museum”

  1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Marco.

    The only thing that I can think of that would make an afternoon at the whaling museum more enjoyable, would be to follow it with a visit to new winery in the beautiful historic district of New Bedford. We’re looking forward to that day and soon we hope. :-)

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