Founded in 1997, the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society (AMHS) promotes Azorean culture and shared Azorean whaling heritage by raising awareness and pride within New England’s Azorean-American community.
AMHS maintains three authentic Azorean whaleboats — Pico, Faial, and Bela Vista — which were built in the post-whaling era using traditional techniques. They are used for cultural, historical, and recreational events. Currently, there are only 63 Azorean whaleboats in the world; these are the only three in the United States.
When you join AMHS, you can have the unique opportunity to sail and row these beautiful whaleboats with others during our regular boating schedule in New Bedford during the summer months.
Throughout the year, AMHS participates in many local events, including the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the Working Waterfront Festival, and regattas with local rowing clubs. We also hold an annual wine tasting (Sails of Portugal) and a scholarship dinner to raise funds for college-bound high school students.
The event in which we take most pride is the International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta, which alternates between the Azores and New Bedford. The regatta provides opportunities for cultural exchange and features teams from both the Azores and New Bedford that compete in sailing and rowing races.