History

  • Dr. Mary T. Vermette on Azorean whaleboat

    1997

    Whaleboat Bela Vista is built in Pico by master boat builder João Silveira Tavares. It is launched in Horta, Faial before being transported to New Bedford and launched here on Sept. 7, 1997. That November, Dr. Mary T. Vermette founds the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society.
  • Azorean whaleboats Faial and Pico launching in New Bedford in 2000

    1999-2000

    Whaleboats Faial and Pico are built in New Bedford for AMHS. The boats are launched in New Bedford on June 10, 2000.
  • Azorean Maritime Heritage Society scholarship recipients and board members

    2003

    AMHS book awards are first awarded. These small awards eventually expand to a larger educational scholarship in memory of AMHS founder Dr. Mary T. Vermette.
  • men putting up mast on Azorean whaleboat in New Bedford

    2004

    The first International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta is held in New Bedford. Two teams from the Azorean islands of Pico and Faial travel to the USA to compete in rowing and sailing races.
  • International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta in the Azores

    2005

    The second International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta is held. A team from the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society travels to the Azores to compete in rowing and sailing races.
  • International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta in New Bedford

    2007

    AMHS celebrates its 10th anniversary with the third International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta in New Bedford.
  • International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta in New Bedford in 2013

    2013

    During the seventh International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta, the first-ever Dabney Cup is held. Six whaleboats ‒ three Azorean-style and three Yankee-style ‒ competed against each other to determine which would perform best under row and sail.

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