Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mystic Seaport and the CHARLES W. MORGAN Final Preparations

Photos by Salt Water New England
Many visitors to Mystic Seaport on April 17, 2014 saw some of the final preparations on the Charles W. Morgan for her 38th voyage, in less than two months.
Hoisting the Spars

A National Historic Landmark

Her 19 sails (13,000 sq ft) were made by sailmaker Nathaniel Wilson in East Boothbay, Maine.

They were in need of seven whaleboats and ended up with ten, all of which were used.  These whaleboats were made at many different boat yards and boat building schools, from many parts of the country, including one built at Gannon & Benjamin (boat yard owner Nat is a Mystic Seaport trustee.)
Another was built at the Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine.  Their delivery method was unique.   Last June six apprentices and one instructor rowed their 29 ft. whaleboat (which is open) the roughly 350 miles down to Mystic Seaport.

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