Questions and Comments Cathy Lang says: October 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm Tom, What wonderful work was done on the restoration! I am curious if there are plans or dimensions for building the Sea Chests? We would love to construct a few for our spare room. Any assistance or guidance is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Cathy Tom Daniels says: December 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm Hi Cathy, The sea chests are modeled on some of the chests in our collection. I’m not sure if plans are available, but the collections department would know. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 860.572.5367 Tom David D Cantley says: October 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm I have a friend whose grandfather sailed on The Morgan earning his passage from Sweden to America. Is there a list of men who worked on the ship? I just returned home from a tour of the New England States and I toured the Morgan. I was very impressed. Tom Daniels says: December 15, 2014 at 9:15 pm David, thanks for writing. I’m sure there’s some documentation regarding the crew. Drop a note to the collections department and they’ll steer you in the right direction: email@example.com Tom Fred Kuss says: August 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm Tom Danials Hi Enjoyed you blogs and am reading anything I can get my hands on about the Morgan. Was on the Morgan at Mystic years ago with my family. Also had my granddaughter walk up the three story scaffolding to walk on the Morgan deck. One question, your photos are great, what camera are you using to get these great photos? Thanks Fredksr@verizon.net Tom Daniels says: December 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm Hi Fred, Just using a an iPhone 4S… nothing fancy at all. Sometimes I’ll tweak the colors in Photoshop, but that’s pretty rare. Patricia Haley says: July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am What do they play at “colors” when the Charles W. Morgan is in port? Is it a specific tune linked to the Morgan or a general one? Thank you! Tom Daniels says: December 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm Hi Patricia, Sorry for the Looooonnnngggg delay, it’s been months since I’ve worked on this site what with the voyage and other projects. So, no colors music, but there was a cannon at sunset and the colors were raised and lowered with great attention to the time. James Peck says: June 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm Tom, You may already be planning to do this, but I’m also starting to work on the whaleboats for my model, and I see there are some really cool whaleboat events planned in the next month, so I’m hoping you can get some good pictures of them for a future entry. I don’t need anything specific; I have plans and all that, I’m just interested in the different color schemes for each. Also, out of curiosity, did y’all name the whaleboats yet??? Thanks again, Jim Tom Daniels says: June 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm Hi Jim, We haven’t named the whaleboats other than referring to them by builder, e.g., the Gannon and Benjamin boat, the Beetle boat, etc. That’s as far as we’ll go with naming them. I’ll try to get photos, but in the meantime, you can get some colors by culling through the various photos online that people have posted of the ship. As far as Roann’s dory goes: our eastern rig dragger, Roann, has a dory that’s stored up above the pilot house. That’s the one I’m referring to. Roann is serving as a tender to the Morgan during this voyage. JamesPeck says: June 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm Tom, Thank you once again! I do have a lot of pictures of the whaleboats saved, but I’m not sure if I have all 7 different colors yet, I’ll have to go thru and double check. It’s important to me I get them right; most models I’ve seen have all white whaleboats, which I’m sure you know is historically inaccurate, they should be color coded. And if I’m not mistaken, each also has it’s own specific spot: Starboard, Starboard Bow, Port, Waist and Port Bow, plus the 2 extras…. correct? Roann’s Dory is stored above the pilot house…. interesting. But I don’t know if I’ll go that far yet or not. Right now scratch building all seven whaleboats at 1:48 scale is challenge enough. Thanks again Jim James Peck says: June 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm Tom, Roann’s dory???? Hmmmm…. I’m not familiar with this… will this be replacing one of the whaleboats, or is it a smaller 8th boat? And if it is an 8th boat, will it be using the stern davits which I understand were previously unused? Thanks Jim Robert Ernst says: June 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm 1) How much does the “Morgan’ draw? i.e., What is the required minimum depth of a port-channel? 2) What is the US Cost Guard et alia regulator’s operating restriction on the “Morgan”. e.g., How far offshore can the “Morgan” operate [I note the NNW passage offshore of Provincetown]? Tom Daniels says: June 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm Hi Robert, I think she’s drawing a little over 13′ at present. I’ll take a look next time I see her. The Morgan is operating under a MENS classification (Marine Event of National Significance) that governs how far offshore she can go, number and kind of passengers she can carry, etc. At port she operates as a dockside attraction. She is inspected by the Coast Guard for both classifications. Darin Keech says: May 15, 2014 at 7:13 am Private Charter for viewing Morgan. I offer charters aboard Poet’s Lounge an Ericson 39′ sailboat out of Mystic / Noank. The Poet’s Lounge is available for charter on Saturday to view Charles Morgan’s journey to New London. Up to six passengers. Call Darin Keech 860.287.7956 James Peck says: May 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm Tom, It’s me again. I have a quick question about the “Charles W. Morgan” name painted on the railings near the bow. Historic photo’s show the lettering to be gold, but in the new restorations pictures the lettering is white. I am getting ready to order lettering for my model, but before I do, is the railing lettering going to stay white permanently? If so I’ll order white instead of gold. Thanks again for all the great pictures and info… You’re making this so much more fun!!!! Jim Tom Daniels says: May 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm Hi James, We’ve gold leafed the name, so buy gold! James Peck says: June 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm Fantastic! Thank you! Rich W. says: May 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm Once the Charles Morgan is back in Mystic Seaport on Aug. 9 will it be open for touring every day? Tom Daniels says: May 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm As far as I know! There will certainly be work to be done, but we’ve been balancing work with visitors for a while now. Bill Haupt says: May 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm Has the interior of the Charles Moran been restored to its original configuration as it was when I used to go through it back in the 1940′s and early 50′s??? I remember such things as the swinging bunk for the Captain, etc. Tom Daniels says: May 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm Much is original, but some has changed for the voyage. For instance, there are heads (bathrooms) installed for the voyage now, and there are many fire and electrical systems based in the hold. There is an opening between the blubber room and fo’c’sl as well as the officer’s quarters, but that’s been there for a long time. Not original though, it’s used to make it easier for guests to view the tween decks as a unit. Fred Kuss says: May 13, 2014 at 10:22 am Your posts on the Morgan are terrific. Two questions When will the Morgan be open for the public to board and 2 what is the make and model of the camera you are using for the sensational photos. Thanks for a great post Fredksr@verizon.net Tom Daniels says: May 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm Thanks Fred. The Morgan will be open at each of her ports of call. There will be traveling dockside exhibits at each port as well, including the full-size inflated sperm whale. It’s quite impressive. I just use an iPhone 4 for the pictures. It’s the only camera that I have with me all the time. I’ve found it to be more than adequate for this level of documentation. Chris Rueby says: May 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm Really like the latest entry, ‘A new twist’ – they should have wrapped the truck to make it look like a big whale-oil barrel! Great work on all the progress updates – thanks! Tom Daniels says: May 13, 2014 at 9:17 pm Nice. Robert Ayres says: May 2, 2014 at 8:20 am I have been working on a scale model(1:96) of the Morgan since last June. It’s been great paralleling the real ship and following your progress. I was hoping to be done in time for the launching but rigging is a lot harder than I anticipated. The standing rigging is almost done. I plan on coming to Mystic a week before launch for pictures and would love to meet some of the players (I know you’re busy). I hope to come back in August with a finished model. Great job-keep blogging. James Peck says: May 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm Robert, You’re working on a 1:96 scale model? Wow! I’m currently building the 1:64 scale wooden Model Shipways C.W. Morgan. At 1:96 scale, your ship would be much smaller than mine, so I can definitely understand why your rigging would be so tricky. Do you have any pictures of your model online? Jim Robert Ayres says: May 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm James, Yes, I have taken pictures but I’ll have to get one of my kids up here to show me how to post them. I chose 1;96 scale because I’ve also been working on USS Constitution in that scale. David V. Williams says: April 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm My G-Grandfather was a ship’s carpenter out of New Bedford circa 1850. Your blog reminded me of his work; I have the sea chest (photos) he made and a photo of him at about that age, should you want to see them….. Thanks, DVW Tom Daniels says: May 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm Hi David, I’d love to see the photos! Feel free to email any you like to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to repost them here on the blog as well. Tom James Peck says: April 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm Tom, Thank you again for your great blog. I’m building a wooden model of the C. W. Morgan, and I have a quick question about a pic in this month’s blog: “One Month until Go Time”. The pic showing the lookout rings… I know lookout rings are normally metal, but yours looked like they were also wrapped in cloth or rope. Are they wrapped? And could you possibly get me a close up picture of the lookout rings for next month’s blog? I’m in no real hurry, just if you have time, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all the information! Jim Tom Daniels says: May 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm Hi James, Yes, the rings are metal, wrapped in rope and painted I believe. I’ll see if I have a close up for the next entry. Tom James Peck says: May 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm Tom, thank you! A picture would be cool, but don’t go out of your way. Just knowing it’s painted rope is definitely enough to work with. Thanks! Richard Baltzer says: April 16, 2014 at 4:56 am Are there going to be, like a first day cover stamped of the voyage date. I know when old ironsides visited different ports, they had first day cover stamped with city and date. I know of this because I got some. Tom Daniels says: May 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm Cool idea. I haven’t heard of that, but use the contact page http://www.mysticseaport.org/about/contact/ to ask. That page should route your question to the right person. Tom Richard Baltzer says: April 12, 2014 at 2:15 am Can the publio buy one of the sea chest it would be a way of making money. Tom Daniels says: May 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm Hi Richard, Update on the sea chest idea. Currently we’re not selling the chests. The design comes from drawings made of chests in our collection. It might be worth contacting the ship’s plans department to see if the plans are for sale. Tom Tom Daniels says: April 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm You’re right, it’s an excellent idea. I’ll pass it along. They’re really nice, with dovetailed carcase construction. For now, the chests are simply being used for the voyage. Richard Baltzer says: April 11, 2014 at 2:55 am Are they going to have a DVD for sale of the restoration or the voyage? Tom Daniels says: April 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm Hi Richard, I’m not sure. There is a film that has been made by local film maker Baily Prior that will premier at the Garde theatre in New London on May 4th. I think it will also be shown on PBS at some point, so I’m sure there will be a DVD available of this. I don’t know how much the restoration will be featured though… Chris Rueby says: April 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm I really hope there will be a video/dvd/show of some sort of the voyage at least, if not of the restoration too! Thanks so much for the blog, have been following it along – great to see the Morgan in such great shape again. Tom Daniels says: May 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm Baily Pryor will be premiering a film he’s made of the Morgan on Sunday May 4th at the Garde theatre in New London if you’re in the area. Afterwards it will be showing on PBS. There should be lots of video of the voyage, much of it available on the Museum’s website or their Facebook page. There is a crew member called the Stowaway who will be blogging and posting videos from the ship during the voyage as well. Lastly, the video department has been producing a video a week about the seaport and posting them on the facebook page. Many have to do with the Morgan’s restoration and the people working on her. Nan B. Jackson says: April 1, 2014 at 7:56 am I was very excited to check the progress made on the Morgan for the voyage this summer. What a delight to find a picture of the cabin being positioned upon the deck. It had been built there originally by Cpt. John M. Tinkham for my great grandmother, Clara Tinkham who sailed out of New Bedford having married him in the six month layover between his first and second voyage. She did not finish the voyage but sailed from the island of St. Helena to England where she eventually took a ship back to the states. Back in New Bedford she had the first of seven children. Cpt. Tinkham did not return to the sea after this voyage but had a farm along the Acushnet River where later a street was named after the family. Tom Daniels says: April 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm Thank you for your story Nan! Laura Griswold says: March 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm I attended the free day I believe in February I thpught I was told The Morgan would be taken By tug boats to the New London state pier One for a company to add more ballast Two open for the public to view, sometime soon I’m can’t seem to find if this is so Thank you Laura Griswold Tom Daniels says: April 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm Hi Laura, Yes, this is exactly the case. On May 17th around 9:15 am, We’ll tow her down to the City Pier in New London (behind the train station). She’ll get more ballast, another stability test, and will begin sea trials. She should be there for about 3 weeks. We’ll also do any last minute work on her then as well. Dave Neagle says: March 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm Ahoy! Thank you for your postings. I stumbled across the blog a couple months ago and have combed through ever since.MOST interesting.Though whaling is not very popular today, it had a huge impact on our national identity back in the day. Preservation of the Morgan is one way to keep our history alive and accessible. Suggestion: Perhaps make a few more seachests and sell them as a fund raiser? Bob Rodgers says: March 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm Tom, Thank you very much for the informative blog. It really brings the work to life. And lenables us all to appreciate what goes into bringing the Morgan back to life. Great Work! Blog and Actual !! Bob Rodgers Tom Daniels says: March 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm You’re welcome Bob! Thanks for following along. Arnold Wiener says: February 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm I am scratch building a model. What is the original color of the bulwarks and the main deck? Tom Daniels says: February 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm I’ll check on that, but it may be a tough one to find. We’ve had a color made up for us by Kirby paints for the inner bulwarks called simply Morgan Buff. It’s not listed from Jamestown Distributers and it may be custom for us. The deck itself is unfinished. Steven Fleming says: February 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm I am just another ship modeler doing the Morgan. Does anyone know of what wood species the old and restored deck was made and also the size of most of the copper plating on the hull. Thanks! SF Tom Daniels says: February 17, 2014 at 11:06 am I believe that the current deck is yellow pine. Not sure what the original would have been but I can check. YP is a good bet. I’ll also get back to you on the copper plating. [UPDATE] Wrong, both the current and original deck are White Pine, not yellow. Copper plating info coming. -Tom Tony Nixon says: January 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm Happy New Year to you all at Mystic. Your postings on the restoration of the ‘Charles W.Morgan’ are very welcome and most interesting. You people must be experiencing a strong sense of pride at being involved in such a worthwhile project. I am full of admiration – and envy. Looking forward to visiting you in April. Very Best Wishes – Tony Nixon, Croydon, England GENE VIANI says: January 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm I was looking at your recent pictures and noticed that on the main top-mast there are two poles/spars on the very top facing aft at an angle. What would they be used for ? Gene Viani Tom Daniels says: February 2, 2014 at 11:08 pm I think you’re referring to the Way Back Spreaders. We have them on both the fore and main mast tops. They guide some of the rigging, but as I’m still learning about this particular rig, I can’t tell you exactly which lines they work with right now. Soon though. UPDATE: The way back spreaders act as guides for the t’gallent and royal backstays. I’ll make sure to include pics of those when they’re installed. Evelyn says: January 8, 2014 at 5:49 am Lookin’ good Tom! Always great to read your posts. Miss the crew, and the boat, but not the shoveling. Tom Daniels says: February 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm Hey Evie, we miss you too! Margaret Smith says: December 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm Interested in updates on the bow of the vessel – as to how the anchor chain areas are being completed. Thank you. Tom Daniels says: December 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm Hi Margaret, As you can see, the windlass is now installed. We’ll be working on the raised anchor deck soon, right after Matt and Jamie build a cover over the foredeck. The anchor chains themselves will run aft to a pair of pipes that carry the chain down through the deck and into the chain locker in the hold. I’ll try to get photos of that area soon. mike bennett says: December 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm hi John, do you need any white pine trees? i have 80+ foot tall pines on my property John M. Kowalchuk says: November 27, 2013 at 11:12 am I am currently working on the Model Shipways plank-on-bulkhead model of the Charles W. Morgan (what a beautiful kit). Previously, I finished the solid hull model of the Morgan (which turned out incredibly fantastic). Mystic Seaport has made some major changes on the deck layout, from the previous deck plan. On the current plans, there is a “crew head” shown on the port side of the vessel, near the bow. Was there an identical “crew head” on the starboard side, as well? Secondly, on the original vessel (c.1960′s-1970″s)there was a “shelter” over the tryworks. On the current plans that “shelter” is no longer shown. Was that “shelter” present on the original vessel, in its earlier years? Thanks much for any info you can give me! Tom Daniels says: December 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm Hi John, Today’s post should answer your questions about the shelter over the tryworks! Tom Tom Daniels says: December 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm Hi John, There’s only one crew’s head, and you are correct that it’s on the port side. I don’t think that there was ever a shelter over the tryworks when the Morgan was a working vessel, but I’ll look over some of the photos we have to make sure of that. Good luck with your model! Tom Jim Dusek says: November 21, 2013 at 10:07 am Hi Tom, You and your team should be proud of your work with the blog. I have made a few visits to mystic and the blog helps me to stay informed. Your pictures and videos are the best! Mystic’s mission to preserve the Morgan is exceedingly important to our nation’s history. After reading Sister Sailors, it is even more important that the Morgan remain a historical icon of the whaling industry. Two questions; the main mast appears to have a long, longitudinal split – is this normal? And, the blog refers to the Morgan as a boat – isn’t a ship? Thank you, Jim Dusek Tom Daniels says: November 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm Hi Jim Yes, ship is the proper term. Perhaps we slip into calling her a boat when our focus shifts to a smaller section of the vessel and she seems to shrink accordingly. The long splits you see in the mast (and will in other spars as well) are called checks. These splits occur when the wood dries too quickly. As long as they don’t penetrate too deeply into the spar we can live with them. & they have little effect on the spar’s strength. In the past we’ve tried to fill them with beeswax as a way of keeping water out. We’re not so crazy about that method now, as the beeswax tends to slump on hot days, creating little pockets that hold water. Tom Tom Weir says: November 14, 2013 at 7:24 am I am confused what happens to the Charles Morgan After it 38th voyage Dose it go back to mystic or is it sailed more seasons Will it have to be lighter to get back up the mystic river and wont that destroy the work that has been done Thank you Tom Daniels says: November 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm Hi Tom, It’s true, the Morgan will be back at the seaport after her voyages next summer. We will have to take off some ballast to get her back up the river, and we’ll do that in New London. That shouldn’t be too much trouble, though, and it won’t negatively impact the ship. Robie says: November 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm Tom, I just learned of the blog. I am a direct descendent Zachariah Hillman and followed the Morgan for my 72 years. Interestingly, in coincidentally, my first in-laws were direct descendents of the John Beetle.. I do know that the Beetle Company made the spar set for the Morgan. A few years ago we researched the original invoice and I believe the price was $903 for a “complete spar set”! Matthew Stackpole can confirm. From my interest in New Bedford whaling, I remember my father telling me that Beetle floated spars across the harbor to the Hillman Yard since there was no bridge their in 1842. FWIW Robie Pierce Tom Daniels says: November 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm Thank you so much for writing. Alas, the price of spars has gone up a bit since the 1840′s… One thing that continually impresses me about this project is how many people have deep and abiding connections to this ship. Sharon Lavallee says: November 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm I just learned that the Charles W. Morgan has been launched and will set sail again. I send my warmest congratulations from Florida. I grew up on Rossie St., across the street from the Mystic Seaport. In the mid to late 1950s, my brothers and I spent many happy hours exploring the Morgan. We loved the Captain’s quarters and marveled at the small size of the crew members’ bunks. Perhaps she’ll travel to the Gulf of Mexico one day and I’ll get to see her under sail. Tom Daniels says: November 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm Hi Sharon, At the very least there should be lots of film and photos of her sailing next summer… Jim Peck says: November 5, 2013 at 7:29 am I’m building a model of the Charles W. Morgan, and this is just another quick “Thank You” for all the great pictures of her restoration. You’re making it so much easier for me to see just how she’s put together!!! I don’t know if you’d be interested, but this is the link to my ship-building log: http://shipmodeling.net/vb_forum/showthread.php?p=37547#post37547 Thank you again for all the great information!!!!!! Tom Daniels says: November 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm Very nice work Jim! I’ll make sure that there’s a link to your work in the main body of the blog as well. Thanks for letting us know about it. -Tom Howard Mayforth says: October 24, 2013 at 11:18 am Are you going to put pictures of the mast being stepped? Tom Daniels says: October 31, 2013 at 8:30 pm Sorry Howard, the new comments software hasn’t been notifying me when a comment is submitted. Here you go! Howard Mayforth says: October 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm Very nice job on the coverage of the bowsprit insertion I am eagerly awaitting the pictures of the masts being stepped Tom Daniels says: October 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm David Stevens wrote in the other day and somehow his question was lost. Here’s his question and my reply: “i saw parts of the hull frames being replaced and would like to know how were the frame parts attached to one another? were the frames sistered and attached to one another to form one double frame. How were the ends of each part attached to another? Is it possible each frame section was held in place by the planking ?” Reply: The frames are in fact held in place by the inner & outer planking. Unlike many boats where the futtocks are joined to each other side-by-side in a brick-laid fashion to create one solid frame, the whaling boat frames went up the hull, end-to-end with few if any fastenings at these butt joints. The height of the butts was staggered so that there were never two butts at the same level next to each other. We ran into the problem of having too many frames end at the same level at one point in our planking and had to replace a number of good frames so that the spacing worked out. The space between frames is often just a few inches, so the net effect of having one butt joint near the middle of the frames next to it is very much like having normal futtocks joined to each other. The payoff, from the builder and owner’s perspective, is that this type of construction is less fussy and can proceed more quickly than the standard joined futtocks. Matthew Ricchezza says: September 30, 2013 at 11:15 pm What of the Morgan’s ironwork. Does the original ironwork survive to be used? What is the extent of remaining work to be done on the ships ironwork? And if their is still ironwork to be made are you fabricating it or forging it traditionally out of wrought iron? Tom Daniels says: October 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm Many of the ship’s original chain plates still survive and we’re keeping as many as is feasible. There are a variety of pins and metal attachments that go on the bowsprit that we’re still using as well. It’s hard to find wrought iron, but we were lucky to get a number of old 3/4″ diameter wrought iron rods from old tiger cages. We use that as much as possible. I’m not sure of the source for the iron making up the replacement chain plates though, it’s thicker than 3/4″. I’ll have to get back to you on that. Tom Daniels says: October 11, 2013 at 11:43 am The new chain plates are made with 1 1/4″ steel instead of wrought iron. We can’t find wrought iron in the lengths that we need; it’s just not made anymore. Richard Baltzer says: September 10, 2013 at 3:08 am Are they going to have a DVD for sale of the restoration of the ship and also when the ship sails to other ports? Tom Daniels says: September 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm I hope so. I know that the video crew has been coming by regularly and our documentation department has been taking photos throughout the entire project. Richard Baltzer says: September 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm when the ship sails , is only crew onboard? Can any one sign up to be a crew member? When the ship sails to these ports ,or you going to have like a first day cover stamp for the occasion Tom Daniels says: September 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm Hi Richard, There will be both regular crew and guests on board. As you can expect, a lot of people would love to be on board and I’m not sure exactly what the procedure is for getting your name on the list. I’ll get back to you on that. Love the stamp idea. Something old like a woodcut or etching would be awesome. Tom Hugh smith says: September 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm Excellent photos and commentary on Mast & Spars. Great video on the Atlas beast! Very informative all around. Keep it coming. Philip Rose-Taylor says: September 4, 2013 at 10:40 am Hello Tom; I am a ‘traditional’ ship’s sailmaker and am consequently interested in the Morgan’s sails. Any update,especially on the materials used and whether sewn by machine or hand,would be much appreciated. Many thanks, Philip Rose-Taylor. Tom Daniels says: September 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm Hi Phillip, Nat Wilson & Sons from Maine will be making the sails, but I don’t know what material they’ll be using. I can almost guarantee they’ll be machine sewn, but I’ll check on that as well as the fabric. Tom Tom Daniels says: September 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm The sails will be cotton. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some synthetic incorporated for strength though. Rob Stevens says: August 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm Morning, The rule of thumb I use for eight siding is a ratio of 7-10-7. There is a tiny bit of fudging here. 7-10-7 is rounding off the formula for a right triangle of the two equal sides squared equals the hypotenuse. So its making 7 squared pus 7 squared equals 10 squared. 49 + 49 = 100. They used to make rules with E and M scales on them which stands for edge and middle. The E would be 7/24 of the diameter measured from the edge of the 4 sided timber. The M would be 5/24 of the diameter measured from a center line. I have rules supposedly from the early 1700′s with a form of these scales. The funny thing is 7-10-7 adds up to 24 so a two foot rule canted can be used to mark of the 8 siding. That is how I do it. Instead of E and M markings the English rules with this scale are marked 8 square. To 16 side I find the ratio of 1-2-1 is close enough, at least on spars up to 16″ which is the biggest I’ve done. I take a scrap wood as long as the biggest facet from the eight siding and divide it into 1-2-1. I hope this as been clear. Rob Tom says: August 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm Nice, thanks Rob. Robert Kipping’s 1853 “Masting and Rigging” also advises builders to use the 7/24 and 5/24 measurements. Wm. Lyons says: August 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm That is one really fine piece of wood you’ve selected for the mast; and a beautiful job of shaping it! Nice going! Thanks for sharing the photo. gerald vinci says: August 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm It is so good to see another piece of history from the great age of sail about to do what it was intended: sailing! Everyone in Mystic can be justifiably proud. lucille teufel says: August 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm thanks for the great pictures Ilmar says: August 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm Thank you for the superb work done! Keep up good spirits for next 12 months Vicki Edwards says: August 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm We’ve been following the Morgan on FB and just came across this blog. We are planning to travel to RI next year to see her when she docks there. Very exciting. Thanks to all for this huge undertaking to restore this important piece of American History!! Gary Schmid says: August 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm Thanks for the update!! you folks are amazing!! Tom Iampietro says: August 5, 2013 at 11:27 am Thank Whomever that there are still such talented shipwrights avail to do such amazing work. We are all lucky for your talents and dedication! Jim Peck says: July 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm OK, wow… thanks! I’ll have to think about how I’m going to paint mine now. Have un!!! Jim Peck says: July 25, 2013 at 7:28 am Oh wow, I just noticed something else… I see planks thru the red paint. I must have missed this back in the blog… did you all remove all the old copper plating? I don’t see any plating anywhere… and if you’re getting ready to put her in the water, then is she not going to have the copper plating anymore? Tom says: July 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm Correct, we’ve plated the keel only this time around, relying instead on bottom paint to protect the wood. The plating is prohibitively expensive, and it means that any recaulking requires removing the layer of plating and the pine sheathing that goes between it and the hull. Jim Peck says: July 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm Tom, Thank you! If they’re now part of her now, then I will definitely add them to my paint scheme. But this leads me to one more question, if I may. From what I can see on the photo they go as high as 12… Do they go any higher, and if so, what’s the last number up? Thanks again… watching the restoration blog has been great fun, and also a great help on my model. Just wish I wasn’t so far away (I live in Florida) or I’d come visit Tom Daniels says: August 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm So far the numbers only go up to 12. There’s room on the sternpost for higher numbers and it’s likely that we’ll add more to go up to the waterline there. 12 is just below the waterline at the bow. Tom says: July 23, 2013 at 6:22 am Good question, I’ll get back to you on that. Jim Peck says: July 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm I have a question. I am building a model of the Charles W. Morgan, and I was curious about the numbers painted up the stem. I assume they’re to measure the depth of the ship…. so my question is, are they permanent? If so, I’ll adjust my paint scheme accordingly and add them. Thank you, have fun, and keep up the great work!!! Tom says: July 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm Hi Jim, The numbers are lead, and applied with fasteners, so for all intents and purposes they are permanent parts of the boat. They were not on the original boat, however, so you may want to consider that when finishing your model. -Tom Herreshoff Marine Museum says: July 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm Congratulations on the incredible milestone! It’s been great to follow the project from the beginning. Keep up the good work! LW says: July 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm Entertaining post. Thanks! The obsession with “gossamer shavings” cracks me and my fellow amateur woodworking friends up like crazy. We were joking that LN and others use shavings on planes like Sports Illustrated uses beach sand on swimsuit models! You are right. Some times the actual wood we work on can make us stop in our tracks and just stare. Any way, as a hobby wood worker and someone who actually read Moby Dick twice, keep up the good work and enjoy! Robert whittaker says: June 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm nice work guys an gals wish I could have been there ohelp with the finish she looks beautiful go team woooow!!!!!!!! Tom says: June 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm Thanks Bob! Send us fishing pix from up there in the frozen wilderness. Ken Vorhaben says: May 17, 2013 at 10:39 am I am from Texas and will be visiting Mystic Seaport sometime between July 9 and July 13. Will the Charles Morgan whaler be available to see? I understand from the blog it will be under the last phase of restoration and will be launched July 21. Was the restoration done by volunteers? Tom says: May 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm Hi Ken, At that time the ship will be on the lift dock and should be open to the public. At the very least, visitors will be able to walk around it, but we’re building a stair tower to allow visitors to come aboard as well. The restoration has been a group effort involving volunteers & paid staff. The bulk of the work that typically is identified as Restoration is done by paid staff (removing planks, spiling, cutting and installing new planks for instance), but there is a HUGE amount of necessary work that is done by volunteers as well. Less obvious tasks like scraping, sanding and painting are led by volunteer groups, for instance. The volunteers also perform countless support tasks that make it much easier for the paid staff to do their jobs. Tom Matthew Bullard says: May 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm This is a cool post! What progress you all have made. I cannot wait to be one of the many who will welcome the Morgan back to New Bedford in 2014. I loved the comment “The look is positively yachty” about how the ship looks after a coat of linseed oil. I only wish there were space on board (surely I’m not alone in that sentiment). Matthew Bullard Boise, Idaho Peter Hendra says: May 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm Thank you very much for these photos. I live in Sydney, Australia though I originate from New Zealand I am envious of those who are working on this wonderful project. Whilst attending a conference at Boston in 1997, I took a special trip to Mystic Seaport and was delighted by the Morgan. I built my own wooden yacht 20 years ago and have since circumnavigated, half of it solo and thus appreciate well the skills and dedication that those who work on restoring this ship. I only wish that I lived closer to be able to lend a hand. Thankyou for keeping history alive. Regards Peter Hendra Alia Shahid says: November 12, 2013 at 8:35 am Hi Peter, This is Alia ( a Pakistani girl you hired at Optus in 1998 for Herculese Project). I lost your e-mail address. I think I got the right Peter (New Zealander, boatman…). If I am not mistaken, please send me an e-mail telling where you are? Thanks Alia. Tom says: May 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm Hi Peter, Thanks for writing, we’ll make sure we have lots of photos of her sailing after all the work is done. We’ve got a year of rigging to go, after the launch this July, so there will be many more updates as time goes by. And congratulations on your own shipbuilding and circumnavigation! Who designed your boat? Tom Daniel Earle says: May 5, 2013 at 12:38 am I like the stools that the guys fitting the stern port lights are using. Whose design? Dan Tom says: May 5, 2013 at 11:00 am Hard to say, things like this are just… around. There’s a lot of history via accretion at the Seaport! Richard Baltzer says: May 3, 2013 at 1:54 am It would be nice to be able to buy a dvd of the total restoration of the ship and a first day cover of the launch day, post marked,just a ideal! Daniel Earle says: April 27, 2013 at 9:24 am Beautiful work. Interesting to see the techniques you’ve developed to bend and fit the planking; also the importance of the detailed patient work of scraping old paint and priming the seams. Looking at the size and spacing of those frames, I wonder, how was a whale ever able to sink the Essex? Dan Tom says: April 27, 2013 at 10:48 am Hi Daniel, It’s true, these ships are built like tanks. However, so are sperm whales… When the sailors talked about feeling the blows from the whale shaking the whole ship, it speaks to their tremendous power. I can see how, if the whale hit the stem / keel joint from the side at just the right place that it might open up a seam there. Doing a post-mortem on the wreck would be really interesting… Nan B. Jackson says: April 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm As the great granddaughter of Captain John M. Tinkham, I have visited Mystic Seaport many times over many years. It has been exciting to watch the wonderful development of the village and the expanding number of vessels preserved along the waterfront. We have watched the continued efforts to preserve this unique and only remaining example of a time gone bye. It has been a special experience to see the actual work being done through the written and photographic updates provided by the Seaport. The craftsmen of the team will have used their knowledge and special skills to bring this ship back to her proud heritage for many to know years into the future. Congratulations to all – a wonderful job! I am looking forward to the launching in July and seeing her once again sail into my hometown of New Bedford in 2014. Tom says: April 13, 2013 at 8:20 am Thank you so much for writing, Nan. I hope you’ll make it to the launching! We should have a section in the stands just for relatives of captains and crew… there are so many people we’re meeting who’ve been directly associated with this ship, it’s really amazing and cool. Mel Gutierrez says: April 12, 2013 at 10:18 am Was there last Fall and saw the Morgan. What a monumental undertaking. Nice work, folks. I appreciate your time, patience, and skill. Tom says: April 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm Thanks folks, I’ll pass your complements to the team! Guy Lister says: April 11, 2013 at 9:08 pm So much respect for all of you working on the Morgan!!! Thanks so much for your skillful and dedicated work!!! Ben Bentley says: April 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm Awesome work Tom, that copper sheathing is super cool. Tom says: April 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm Hey Ben, great to hear from you! It’s true, the sheathing looks incredible. It’s a shame that only the fish will be able to appreciate it. In the old days, the whole boat was sheathed up to the water line. These days we a) can’t afford to do it and b) want easy access to caulking seams. Chris Duncklee says: April 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm Awesome blog ,thanx for the great photos and technical explanations! Tom says: April 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm Thanks, feel free to ask for clarification if something isn’t clear. Mike O'Byrne says: April 1, 2013 at 11:23 am I first visited the Charles W. Morgan in 1964 as a cadet in the Coast Guard Academy. What an amazing job of reconstruction you are doing! I particularly wanted to thank you for the extensive chronicle you have created of the work. Your comments and pictures are so good that I feel as if I was there watching the work. Best regards to all. Can’t wait to see her under weigh again. Janelle says: March 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm I can smell the sawdust and linseed oil all the way to Missouri! The Morgan looks wonderful. Quick question: Do you refer to the ship as a “she” even though she has a man’s name? Keep up the great work–cannot wait to see “her” sail again. Tom says: March 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm Yep, all boats get the feminine pronoun, even the USS Admiral Nimitz! Thanks for following this restoration, and be sure to visit if you’re in the neighborhood. Linda Bates says: March 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm We visited Mystic last year in June and have enjoyed seeing the progress. Thanks, Linda, Laura, Phoenix and Indie Tom says: March 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm Thanks Linda et al, the Seaport is really quite a place to visit. I’m still totally green about what goes on at the north end of this campus… Paul Abramowicz says: March 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm You all are doing such a wonderful job on restoring such a historic ship. Whale Hunt and Capt. Haley, along with all the rest, are with you in spirit. What a project to coordinate. Great Job!!! Paul Abramowicz says: March 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm I am truly amazed with all the hard work that has been going on over the past two years I have been watching, both at the Seaport visiting and here on line. It will be a wonderful day when the Morgan is sailing in the ocean once again. All the best!!! Tom says: March 26, 2013 at 6:54 pm Thanks Paul, it’s been a long steady project, and we’re lucky to have Rob project managing this. Of course, the crew is one of the best group of folks I’ve ever had the privilege to join. Just tons of talent both in building and in working as a team. michael p Eden says: March 15, 2013 at 7:20 am I am constantly impressed with the work your doing with the MORGAN. I am a board member of the Bourne Historical Society, MA The Morgan I am Told will be the Lead Ship, through the Cape Cod Canal. This will be for the Canals 100 Birthday. Same as the Panama Canal. Good Luck with all your work. Michael P Eden Tom says: March 26, 2013 at 6:51 pm Thanks Michael, we have a very good crew here, and everyone is more than a little excited about seeing her sail! Donald Peacock says: March 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm Thank you for explaining the details and providing the pictures. What a great project. Karen says: February 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm I love the mustard/tan paint used inside the Morgan. Can you tell me what color it is and the brand? Thank you Tom says: March 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm Hi Karen, We’ve been using a Kirby paint, called Morgan Deckhouse Tan. Pretty appropriate name, yes? Tom says: February 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm Hi Karen, I’ll check with the folks at the paint shop and get back to you. -Tom WILLIAM D GERDSEN says: February 14, 2013 at 11:03 am I can not thank you enough for the wonderful photos and narrative. My relocation to North Carolina in 2005 from Chaplin, CT was by family mandate. I hugely regret and miss my too short time volunteering at MSP shipyard. I especially enjoyed working on ANNIE and AMISTAD and many other projects. Scott, Walter, Kevin, Quentin and Danna are always on my mind; praying especially for safety each day. My activities with the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary here in NC are never boring. Best regards to all. William (Bill) Gerdsen I.J. Rodriguez says: January 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm Fantastic to see great interest in saving these old whaling vessels. great job. Tom says: January 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm Thanks! Hopefully you can come by to see her while she’s still out of the water. James W Rollins says: January 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm Does the trunnel go into a blind hole? Is it wedged on the inside? I see that the trunnel is tight on the outside. What keeps it tight on the inside so that the plank stays firmly attached to the frame or first layer of planking? Thx for great pictures! Tom says: January 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm The holding power of the trunnels comes from their swelling as they get damp. We size them very carefully to go in hard when they’re dry, and it doesn’t take a lot of moisture to swell them up. Some people have done double-wedged trunnels, where a wedge is put on the inside end of the trunnel, and then this wedge is driven home when the trunnel bottoms out. That’s a lot of work and we don’t really see the gain. This is quite apparent when we remove original planks. Even though the planks are long and heavy, they stay attached to the boat until we cut the very last trunnel holding them in place. After 170 years, that’s pretty impressive. William Shiebeck says: December 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm My body is in Switzerland, but my heart is in Mystic on the CW Morgan Tom says: December 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm Ah Rosie, turning heads wherever she goes… figliad'ascia says: December 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm But oh my, WHAT is that saucy little portugee green boat in that last shot? She’s a sweet little lady! Ted Miles says: November 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm Folks, I work at SF Maritime NHP where we have been doing similar work on the schooner C.A. Thayer. We found that a lot of her knees were able to be re-used. Were you able to do this on the bark C.W. Morgan? Tom says: November 25, 2012 at 11:47 am Thanks for the note Charles. My dad used to teach at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) right across the street from the zoo, and I also remember visiting back when the cat house was just a big, loud ugly building. It’s been good to have had a hand in repurposing these bars. -Tom Charles Dan says: November 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm I’m from Memphis and I remember those tiger cages! The old Cat-house was an awful place… it smelled horribly and was depressing to see those majestic creatures cooped up in such a small grim environment. The structure itself is still there and is now an over-priced concession stand. I’m thrilled that land-locked Memphis could make a contribution that will help hold the Charles Morgan together. Rich1931 says: November 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm What week or day in July of 2013 will you be re launching the Charles W. Morgan after it’s restoration. Would like to know so I can plan on being there that day for a most historical event. Thanks, Rich Doskoez P.S. – Can’t Wait Tom says: November 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm Hi Rich, We’re launching on the 21st if all goes as planned. Keep in touch, though, and we’ll update you if there are changes. Tom paul stratton says: November 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm Glad to hear you faired. Well.I worked at the museum in 98.we had to get ready for Floyd when I was there amistad was just being built I helped raise some frames.Doug butler still at the shipyard.? Tell him I said hi, I sure miss that place hopefully. I can come for the boat show next year take care… paul Tom says: November 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm Hi Paul, yep, Doug is still around! He’s a great guy, and I’ll pass along your greetings. Tom SB says: October 11, 2012 at 4:34 am This is an excellent post, gives a wonderful flavor of just how massive and complex (did I mention expensive?) this project is, and is a credit to the museum’s web outreach. Very well done! –sb Joseph Nolan Dwyer says: October 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm OUTSTANDING! What a wonderful informative site.Keep up the good work…Sail Ho ! Guy Lister says: October 10, 2012 at 9:20 am Fascinating! What a great job you at Mystic Seaport to restore the Morgan! Really looking forward to the day she sails again!!! Can’t wait to get aboard her some day! Keep up the great work! Respectfully, Guy Lister Larry Yonally says: September 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm looks great Log in to Reply Richard Baltzer says: August 29, 2012 at 4:27 am Are you going to make a video of the restoration when it is done, so the public can buy it. And where is the ship going to sail to ? IT would be great to have a first day cover stamped on her sail,after so many years. Tom says: August 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm A video is being made, but I’m not sure what will be done with it. It may end up being just for documentation. I know at least one person is making an independent video, but I’m not sure when it will be done and how much it will cover. As far as the sailing schedule goes, the plan is to take her to major past whaling ports like Nantucket and Gloucester. I’d imagine that this schedule is still being worked out. What is a first day cover? I’m not familiar with that… Tom tom.daniels says: August 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm Thanks Doug. I’ll see if other folks around here call it that as well. Doug Parsons says: August 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm Here in Gloucester ,Your lagged C clamp is a rather simply designed clamp that we call a “Jenny” Richard Baltzer says: July 10, 2012 at 7:45 am What is the costof having your name on a tunnel, that used to fasten a plank. Tom says: July 10, 2012 at 10:42 am We’re asking $5 to put your name on a trunnel. I think we’ve already started installing the ones that people signed over the boat show weekend. Tom Richard Baltzer says: July 10, 2012 at 7:34 am Will they have a dvd for sale on the restoration, when the ship is done? Tom says: July 10, 2012 at 10:41 am Hi Richard, Good question, I’ll check into that. I wouldn’t be surprised if something’s in the works. Tom Jacqueline says: July 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm Hi, I currently live in New Haven, CT and I’m very interested in volunteering on this project. Are there any upcoming opportunities to do so? Thanks! Jacqueline Tom says: July 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm Hi Jacqueline, The seaport has many many opportunities for volunteering. In fact, volunteers are absolutely critical to just about every aspect of the museum’s operation. On the Morgan, we have people helping with painting, prepping, salting in between frames, all kinds of things. Probably the best place to start is on the volunteer page here. Wednesday is the main day that volunteers help out at the shipyard, and you can come by and chat with them about what kinds of things they do. That might give you a good idea about the kinds of things you could expect to be doing. Thanks for your interest! Tom Dennis Dunn says: July 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm Tom: I understand that you are coating the planks with Linseed oil to keep them from drying out. Can you comment on this choice as opposed to red lead? Thanks. -Denny Tom says: July 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm Hi Denny, You’re right, the linseed oil is strictly for slowing down the planks’ inevitable drying out while the boat is out of the water. We’re trying to minimize plank shrinkage and checking. The red lead is most often used as a way to slow rot in a boat, so it’s painted on the faying (mating) surfaces of wood parts, such as where the planks rest against the frames. It’s also often used in places where the boat is continually damp, like the bilge. It’s very toxic stuff and kills just about anything it comes in contact with. You could make the case that painting the inside faces of the planks is a good way to slow down moisture transfer, but the cost of doing this is 1) expense and time (red lead paint is Very expensive) 2) the steaming process will cause much of the paint to release, thus negating it’s effectiveness 3) it’s not historically accurate 4) The salt from the salt shelves does a good job of preserving the wood without the paint. We wouldn’t paint the outside of the planks with red lead to slow down the drying because we plane the outer plank faces to fair them, and that would spread highly toxic lead all over the place. It would be a nightmare to contain. We’re not using red lead on the frames to address future rot issues during this round of restoration, I think because of the expense, lack of historical accuracy, and because we’ve found that the salting seems to do a very good (and non-toxic) job of preserving the wood. I’ll check in with Rob and Quentin to verify that as well. -Tom sergio parolini says: July 1, 2012 at 9:43 am sono venuto in possesso di un incisione su dente di tricheco lunga 1 metro della CHARLES.W.MORGAN DEL 1842 .IN ITALIA CIAO SERGIO Tom says: July 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm Translation via Google: I came in possession of an engraving of a walrus tooth length of 1 meter of CHARLES.W.MORGAN OF 1842. HELLO IN ITALY SERGIO Interesting! Photos?