"Founded in 1968 as a counterpart to the Battleship Massachusetts, the Marine Museum studies, champions and promotes the SouthCoast’s maritime history. There a many world-class ship models including a 28-foot model of the RMS Titanic along with an impressive amount of the Titanic memorabilia.
The shores of Greater Fall River have seen many accomplishments, some of a remarkable variety. One dark night in May, 1778, for instance, about 150 British sailors set course for the mouth of the Quequechan. Alerted by a sentinel, the village Minute Men took up their muskets. That brought cannon fire and house-burnings, but the British soon abandoned the siege, never to return. In the next century, parts of our waterfront reeked of whale oil: nearly 70 whaling ships called this home port. That memory was soon eclipsed by The Next Big Thing on our waterfront: the textile industry. The Fall River Line, with its elegantly-attired denizens, was developed to support textile shipping. Its “Floating Palaces” bore millions of everything to and from The Port of New York – people, dollars, and tons of freight. www.marinemuseumfr.org