"Made of white oak, she was. Hardly a splice in her. They don't make boats like the Magnificence no more, Sword says. And they make trees like they used no more, neither. Wood be gone. Look around and all you see is steel. Everywhere steel. Steel...What used to be just aint no more>'
Our future is as good as gone, Mako says...Fishermen are like what mill workers used to be, on the wrong side of tomorrow.
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As the electronic age blossomed, outsourcing part of deal, the smokestack city withered. In the past 25 years, New Bedford lost 35,000 manufacturing jobs. The mill buildings which were once important components of the nation's engine room now provide the fire department with work but few others.