Across from the Whaling Museum, this small chapel was a refuge from the rigors and stresses of maritime life. Melville immortalized it in Moby-Dick, where he wrote ‘In this same New Bedford there stands a Whaleman’s Chapel, and few are the moody fishermen…who fail to make a Sunday visit to the spot.’

This is where the marathon, nonstop reading of the novel takes place every year on January 3, the anniversary of Melville's embarkation from New Bedford harbor.