Year of the CHARLES W. MORGAN

Charles W. Morgan

The Charles W. Morgan

The Charles W. Morgan is the last wooden whaleship in the world and a National Historic Landmark vessel. After a five-year restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport, the 1841 whaleship embarked on an historic 38th Voyage to New England ports in the summer of 2014. In honor of this historic restoration and voyage, Governor Dannel P. Malloy designated the 2013-2014 academic year to be the “Year of the Charles W. Morgan” in the State of Connecticut. The designation gave students across the state and country a unique opportunity to learn about Connecticut maritime history, the significance of the whaling industry, and the importance of the state’s maritime heritage.

Mystic Seaport developed special programming in celebration of the “Year of the Charles W. Morgan” and these programs are now available as part of the Museum’s regular offerings. To learn more and to make a reservation for your classroom, please contact Rebecca Shea at 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or rebecca.shea@mysticseaport.org

Music on the Morgan

In celebration of the Morgan sailing on her 38th Voyage, Mystic Seaport is offering a special music program featuring the whaleship. The vessel’s long career covered a significant period of American history as the nation moved from whale oil to petroleum for fuel and lubricants. This interactive music program traces this history and the Morgan’s role within it. Please note that this program can be either an on-site program or an in-school program.

Details:

  • Grades: Pre-K – 12
  • Time: Any time during Museum hours
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Group Size: 45 students maximum
  • Fee: $85

Two New Roleplaying Performances

The “Year of the Charles W. Morgan features two 45-minute roleplaying performances that relate to the Morgan and whaling. Museum Educator Karlee Turner portrays Lydia Landers, who accompanied her shipmaster husband on the Morgan’s seventh voyage (1863-1867) which was fraught with drama – the Civil War, death, birth, and mutiny. Lydia Landers was the first woman to travel aboard the Morgan. The Museum’s second roleplayer, Jason Hine, portrays a common sailor on board the Morgan’s 28th, 29th, and 30th voyages and speaks directly about what life as a whaler was like.  Please note that this program can be either an on-site program or an in-school program.

Details:

  • Grades: Pre-K – 12
  • Time: Any time during Museum hours
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Group Size: 45 students maximum
  • Fee: $85

New Virtual Program

The “Year of the Charles W. Morgan” features a new virtual program entitled “Morgan Connections in the Collections.”  Using Skype technology and state-of-the-art equipment, the program offers a glimpse of behind-the-scenes activities of our curators as they catalog and care for the Museum’s more than one million artifacts. Students will be able to see some of the artifacts in our vault that are related to the Charles W. Morgan.

Details:

  • Grades: 4-12
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Group size: Classroom size
  • Fees: $175; additional programs on the same day are an additional $80 per program. Maximum of three programs per day.
  • Reservations for this workshop must be made at least three weeks in advance.

Primary Source Workshops: Where Students Become Historian Detectives

Primary source workshops related to the Charles. W. Morgan let students hone their historical and critical thinking skills, and meet key aspects of the Common Core State Standards. Using artifact analysis guided questions, students work in teams or as a class analyzing groups of primary source documents and other artifacts that relate to the Charles W. Morgan.

Details:

  • Grades: 4-12
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Group size: Maximum of 12 students per primary source workshop (students can rotate through primary source workshops while the other students in the group tour Mystic Seaport on their own or with a guided tour).
  • Chaperones: One adult per 10 students required; two are recommended
  • Fees: Admission price for students is $10.50 per student and $5 additional per student for the primary source workshop.  All teachers are admitted for free; any additional adult chaperones pay $19 each.
  • Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance.