Preparing the Masts for Installation
Since launching, the Morgan‘s seams have tightened up nicely. Initially she took on about 4 inches of water in a 24-hour period, but recently this amount has dropped to 2 inches mostly aft. The Morgan rides lower aft thus the accumulation in the stern. The next step before installing the lower masts in the third week of October is to get her to ride lower in the water and allow seams higher up in the hull to swell. More lead ballast is being placed on the keelson to meet this objective. Visitors often ask what was the Morgan‘s draft. From photographs we can judge that it was between 11 and 15 feet depending upon the weight of oil or stores in her hold.
Work on preparing the masts for installation continues. A first coat of paint has been applied to the new bowsprit. The lower end of the foremast is being shaped to rest properly on the keelson. Similarly the top end is being readied to receive the fore lower platform. A team of volunteers continues paint scraping and has applied a new coat on the hurricane house. Between decks old, original finishes are being cleaned while new material is getting a fresh coat of paint.
Morgan‘s systems for the 38th Voyage are progressing. Two large bilge pumps have arrived on site. Work will commence on the platforms for these and the generator. Head stalls have been placed in a store room just forward of the officers’ and idlers’ quarters. After the voyage most of this equipment will be removed. Like any construction project, progress on the Morgan has reached a point at which the focus is not on obvious “all-hands efforts” such as framing and planking. Now, with the exception of the rigging, it is a series of smaller projects necessary to complete her and to sail her again in May 2014.