She Looks like a Whaleship Again

With the help of a crane, the shipwrights stowed the anchor chain into the lower hold. Then it was the riggers turn to use the crane. Most of the yards have been set in place. The mizzen top and the fore and aft top gallants with associated yards will follow shortly.

On board the shipwrights are attending to a laundry list of items including preparing the transom to mount the eagle emblem, paneling the captain’s cabin and recaulking and preparing the bow for a new coat of paint. In the lower hold dramatic changes have occurred. There is a complex of piping, wiring and engines all necessary to conform to Coast Guard regulations for the 38th Voyage. At the foot of the amidships main access ladder, a new compartment has been fabricated which houses the electric generator, an emergency diesel pump, bilge pumps, batteries and engine exhaust manifolds. This compartment can be closed off and the interior sounds muffled by sound proofing materials. The vessel is equipped with three bilge uptakes: one aft, one amidships and one forward. Because the Morgan rides 18 inches deeper in the stern, it is anticipated the aft uptake will see the most use, if necessary. In a fire emergency these same pumps can provide water for firefighting.

Four water tanks have been sited in the lower hold awaiting hook up.Three are of aluminum construction for waste water, grey water, and non-potable fresh water. The fourth, a stainless steel tank, will contain potable water. Three heads are being installed on the ‘tween decks and one will be in the lower hold. In addition to self-generated power, the Morgan will have shore power inputs. The engine compartment has an extensive fire retardation system and a fuel tank has been installed. Throughout the hold temporary decking is in place. This is designed to permit access underneath so that additional ballast can be added in New London. Some of the decking and pumps will remain in the Morgan after her 38th Voyage.