Lost Fishermen of New Bedford remembers fishermen who died at sea and fishing vessels that were lost by presenting photographs and information about the men and vessels associated with the Port of New Bedford and nearby towns.

We hope that family, friends and all others connected with the fishermen mentioned here will view this site as a place of rememberance. We hope too that those who study our history will benefit from our research.

We dedicate this site to all commercial fishermen who lost their lives at sea and to their families.

Learn more about this site, browse records of people or vessels.

For any feedback, contact us.

How we fund this site

The Lost Fishermen website was created through the generosity of The Ernestine Kresser Locke Memorial Fund. From 1981 until her passing in 2003, Ms. Locke volunteered in the Millicent Library archives in her adopted town. Her bequest to the archives, together with additional contributions from friends and family members, make up the memorial fund that bears her name. We have no doubt that Ms. Locke would consider the Lost Fishermen website to be a highly worthy endeavor.


We would like to express our gratitude to the many individuals and organizations that have helped us to retrieve and preserve the memories of our lost fishermen.

These include:

Families of the lost fishermen and those men still fishing, for their time, information, recollections and photographs;

Waterfront businesses, organizations and individuals as well as the members of the general public for their interest and enthusiasm;

The New Bedford Port Society, which maintains The Seaman's Bethel, and The New Bedford Standard-Times, for detailed information regarding individual fishermen and vessels;

Spinner Publications, Euro Ship Store, and artist Steve Kennedy, for their photos of the vessels;

Jim Mahaney, for use of his New Bedford Harbor photograph;

Jon Johansen and Penobscot Marine Museum for providing much of the material on the vessel specifications;

Marge Orman, at Solveig's who provided information on the waterfront that we couldn't have gotten anywhere else.

Finally a very special thanks to the following Millicent Library archives volunteers; Suzanne Kowal, David Braga and Beth Luey.