Whaling was a small industry in New Bedford, Massachusetts at the time of the Revolution. Ships were being built in her boatyards and the first launched in 1767, the ?Dartmouth? had her cargo of tea dumped into Boston harbor in 1773. Following the revolution the port became an active area and the first collector of customs was appointed in 1789, Col. Edward Pope. Erected in 1836 following a design by architect Robert Mills, this, the Customs House, saw the growth and decline of the great whaling industry.