After almost 75 years, Nathan Samuel Nevins once again set foot on the deck of a childhood memory, the Charles W. Morgan. Witness his reunion and his thoughts on the importance of this national landmark, in a special interview that took place May 8, 2012.
The Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining wooden whaleship and the oldest American commercial vessel still in existence. Built in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, she sailed on 37 voyages around the globe during an 80-year whaling career. The vessel came to Mystic Seaport in 1941 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967. More than 20 million Mystic Seaport visitors have walked the whaleship's decks. Currently undergoing an extensive restoration in the Museum's Preservation Shipyard, the Morgan will be launched July 21, 2013 and will embark on her 38th Voyage to historic ports in New England in the late spring of 2014.
Follow the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan from our kick-off celebration in fall 2008 to the project's most current updates. Learn how the "Year of the Charles W. Morgan" will give Connecticut students the opportunity to learn about the state's history, the whaling industry, and our maritime heritage. Stay up-to-date with the project through our Charles W. Morgan blog and recent media coverage.
Discover the history behind the Charles W. Morgan, last wooden whaleship in the world and the oldest American commercial vessel still in existence. Find out interesting facts and figures, the vessel's connection to worldly events, and how the Morgan is connected to Hollywood.
Help support the Charles W. Morgan restoration project. With your support, this National Historic Landmark vessel will continue to educate and serve future generations in her voyage of lifelong learning. Individual donations and other opportunities are available. Learn how you or your organization can help.
From the annual Moby-Dick Marathon to seasonal sail-handling demonstrations, the Charles W. Morgan is a focal point for Mystic Seaport visitors. Discover "Restoring an Icon" to learn what it takes to restore this amazing ship. See how New York artists from the Dalvero Academy have created an innovative exhibit that artistically interprets the whaleship's restoration and gives contemporary perspectives to this historic object.
Explore in-depth Morgan-related resources in the Museum's Collections Research Center and G. W. Blunt White Library. Read the Morgan's logbooks and ships papers, search her crew lists, view historical and restoration photos, order her plans, and learn about whaling and American maritime history.
Mystic Seaport will take the Charles W. Morgan back to sea for her 38th voyage in 2014. This is a unique opportunity for corporations to sponsor an American icon, a ship that represents the origins of the engine of American economic success. Learn how your corporation can help.