Searching for a Stowaway
The Charles W. Morgan is ready for a new adventure. Are you?
We’re searching for the world’s greatest adventurer to “stow away” on the whaleship Charles W. Morgan during her 38th Voyage and to share their journey with the world. Is that person you?
While on her 38th Voyage during the summer of 2014 the Charles W. Morgan will stop at historic ports of call throughout New England, including visits to New London, Conn.; Newport, R.I.; Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, and Boston, Mass.; and venture out onto Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. At Stellwagen Bank the Morgan will team up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to observe whales in their natural environment.
The Stowaway will be immersed in all aspects of the Charles W. Morgan’s voyage while living on board the ship with the captain and the crew. This individual will learn and take on any jobs associated with living and working on a 19th-century vessel, including handling the sails and lines, steering the ship, and scrubbing the decks. The Stowaway will be a key player during events and exhibits at each port of call with an opportunity to explore and meet new and interesting people.
“This is for someone with a sense of adventure,” said Susan Funk, executive vice president of Mystic Seaport. “The word stowaway brings to mind a romantic image. To take a chance. To not know what you’re getting into until you’re already in it, and to go to places you’ve never been before, or go to places you’ve been, but seeing them in a whole different perspective.”
During the voyage the Stowaway will watch, inquire, learn, participate, and use their creative energy to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience through blogging, videos, social media, and activities in the port cities. Absolutely no sailing experience is necessary, but a sense of discovery is a must.
Compensation in the form of a stipend will be given to the Stowaway for their work.
How to Apply
The chosen Stowaway will need a high level of zest, grit, humor, and flexibility in approaching this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Curiosity and communication will be essential. Show us why you have what it takes to be our Stowaway in a 60-second video. Be creative, have fun, and make sure we see your face and hear your voice in the video. Don’t delay: the submission deadline is February 18, 2014. Visit www.mysticseaport.org/stowaway for complete contest details.
Good luck! We can’t wait to see why you would be the perfect Stowaway aboard the Morgan.
The Stowaway program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.