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Azorean Maritime Heritage Society gearing up for exciting year, international regatta

ACUSHNET – After being forced to halt most activities on land and in water for nearly two years due to the pandemic, 2022 is gearing up to be an exciting year for the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society (AMHS) with the election of a new president, several projects in the works and the anticipated participation in the International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta in the Azores in September.

Last Saturday, about 170 AMHS directors, members and community members came together at the Century House in Acushnet for the organization’s Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner and to rub elbows with the newly elected president Donald Rei.

“Our biggest goal right now is to build a Casa dos Botes [boat house] to store our beautiful whale boats,” Rei told O Jornal. “We had one at the Whaling Museum years ago, but during the museum’s expansion they ended up knocking it down.”

There are only 63 authentic Azorean whaleboats in the world, and three of them ‒ Pico, Faial, and Bela Vista ‒ are under the maintenance of the AMHS, which was founded in 1997 with the mission of preserving and educating the public on the Azorean whaling tradition.

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