Progress updates on the restoration of the 1841 whaleship CHARLES W. MORGAN.
As the planking continues on the Morgan, the starboard side is slightly ahead of the port side. It is anticipated that the shutter plank (the last plank) will be located in the port quarter and will be placed late April to early May.
Friday, March 1 marks 100 working days until launch. All is on track to meet our schedule for launch this July and sailing the 38th Voyage in 2014.
“The Morgan is on target for a July 21, 2013 launch,” said Quentin Snediker, Director of the Shipyard.
Planking on the Morgan continues in earnest. In a typical week three to four planks can be placed.
Using iron bar fasteners salvaged from the Memphis Zoo’s tiger cages, the shipwrights will attach the knees by driving the fastener through the knee and then through the adjoining frames. A ring will be placed at each end of the fastener and the ends pounded home to form the rivet.
Restoration of the zipper line is complete, correcting the less than optimal staggering of the futtocks which make up the framing near the waterline.
Planking remains on hold while the shipwrights replace the futtocks in the zipper line. This step is necessary to reinforce the Morgan’s framing in anticipation of her 38th Voyage and return to Chubb’s Wharf.
The restoration of the Morgan has reached another important milestone. Sixty-five planks representing over 50% of the new planking have been installed.
Planking is the largest component of the project, absorbing the most manpower and materials, and has progressed far enough so that the shipwrights will be resetting the scaffolding to permit work higher up in the hull.
One year and one day from now, July 21, 2013, the Morgan will be launched. This will be a significant milestone in her over five year restoration and eventual 38th Voyage.