"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

July 27, 2016

July 26 – Mattapoisett, MA

Acushnet Safe Boating Club Marina (Fairhaven)

"The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them." –Paulo Coelho

Today we took the Phoenix Bike Trail and the Mattapoisett Rail Trail over to Mattapoisett. Mattapoisett became best known as a center for shipbuilding and whaling during the 1700 and 1800s. More than 400 ships were built in the town's shipyards, including the Acushnet, the ship that Moby-Dick author Herman Melville sailed on and later deserted. It’s now a cute little summer vacation spot.

We enjoyed the ride over and then had lunch at The Inn on Shipyard Park. The building was built in 1799 and has served as a blacksmith shop, two separate dwellings, a ship chandler, a storehouse for the China tea trade, a tavern, a general store and a speakeasy. We had a great bowl of clam chowder as we relaxed from our long bike ride and enjoyed the view of the water. We spent the rest of the afternoon watching people in the park and riding out to the Ned’s Point Lighthouse. This has been the warmest day this summer…warmer here than in Texas today, so we were hot and tired when we made it back to the boat. We were definitely glad to be at a dock with the AC running this evening.

Some of the scenery on our way to Mattapoisett
The dinghy dock in Mattapoisett
The Inn on Shipyard
Town Wharf General Store
A quaint little house on the waterfront
The view from Shipyard Park towards Ned's Point Lighthouse 
Ned's Point Lighthouse built in 1838 
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