Restoring an Icon: The Charles W. Morgan

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November 2008 saw the hauling ashore of the mighty Charles W. Morgan in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. After an extensive restoration and nearly five years out of the water, the last wooden whaleship in the world was launched July 21, 2013 during a public ceremony. Restoration will continue on the vessel while she is in the water and the Morgan will then embark on her 38th Voyage to historic ports in New England in the late spring of 2014. Now you can explore the unprecedented restoration of this American icon in the Shipyard Gallery exhibit, “Restoring an Icon: The Charles W. Morgan.”

The Charles W. Morgan hauled out in the Museum's Shipyard. November 2008

The Charles W. Morgan hauled out in the Museum’s Shipyard. November 2008

Learn all about the tools and timbers and the skills and stories that are part of the preservation of this National Historic Landmark vessel. And while the Morgan may be a product of the 19th century, Mystic Seaport provides an interactive cell phone audio tour to guide you through the exhibition.

The project has included lower bottom framing, replacing the interior ceiling, and partial keelson replacement and stem replacement. Remediation of deformed (hogged) sheer line was also undertaken. It is anticipated that this work will be sufficient to address the Morgan‘s major structural needs for at least the next 20 years.

All work on the Morgan will be completed by using historically appropriate materials and techniques, in accordance with guidelines set forth in the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation Projects.

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