Keeping our maritime heritage alive

Azorean Maritime Heritage Society (AMHS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting Portuguese culture, shared maritime history, and unique boating opportunities for all ages.  Our all-volunteer organization participates in many local cultural events, teaches rowing, sailing and maintenance of wooden Azorean whaleboats, hosts a popular annual wine & food tasting, and provides scholarships for college-bound youth.  We co-host the only International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta, held every two years, which alternates between the Azores and New Bedford.  

AMHS maintains three authentic Azorean whaleboats — PicoFaial, 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.

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Open Rows & Sails

For anyone looking to experience a row or sail on one of our authentic Azorean whaleboats for the 1st time, you can do so free of charge.

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AMHS awards several scholarships each year to deserving local high school seniors and first-time freshman pursuing undergraduate college education. 

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Our Mission

Since 1997, Azorean Maritime Heritage Society (AMHS) promotes Azorean culture and shared whaling heritage by raising awareness and pride within New England's Azorean-American community.



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