CHARLES W. MORGAN: Where in the World
Find out where the Charles W. Morgan was while major events happened throughout the world:
The USA was 26 states large, had a population of 17 million, Florida was only a territory, Texas was an independent republic, and California was a state of Mexico. On March 9 the Supreme Court pronounces the Africans free in the case of the Amistad. Four months later on July 21, the Morgan slips out of the Jethro and Zachariah Hillman’s shipyard in New Bedford, MA.
May 16, 1842
The first organized wagon train leaves on the Oregon Trail. The Morgan is cruising for whales on her first voyage.
March 30, 1842
Dr. Crawford Long uses anesthesia for the first time in an operation. The Morgan nears her first port-of-call at Tumbes, Peru.
The world’s first commercial Christmas cards are printed by Sir Henry Cole in London. On the other side of the world, the Morgan cruises the grounds off of Paita, Chile.
May 24, 1844
Samuel B. Morse sends the first message over the telegraph line. The Morgan is headed for Monterey, soon to be homeward bound.
December 2, 1845
U.S. President Polk invokes the concept of Manifest Destiny. The Morgan arrives in New Bedford a month later on January 1, 1845.
June 15, 1846
The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada. The Morgan is on her second voyage in the South Pacific.
Famine hits Ireland. The Morgan is sailing off the Fiji Islands and New Zealand.
January 24, 1848
The California Gold Rush begins four days after the Morgan is at the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
February 21, 1848
Marx and Engel publish the Communist Manifesto. The Morgan sails from the South Pacific home to New Bedford, arriving on December 9.
October 7, 1849
Edgar Allan Poe is born while the Morgan seeks hunting grounds off of New Holland.
Corporeal punishment onboard ships becomes illegal during a social reform movement. The Morgan hunts in the South Pacific.
October 18, 1851
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is published. The Morgan is in the midst of a long stretch of hunting.
December 19, 1851
The first YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts. The Morgan is sailing West on-the-line.
March 20, 1852
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is published, and the Morgan is off of Sunday Island.
August 24, 1853
Potato chips first appear as the Morgan prepares to appear for her fourth voyage.
February 28, 1854
The Republican Party is formed in response to the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Morgan is headed for Lahaina, Hawaii.
January 23, 1855
The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Morgan is leaving the Bay of Islands, sailing home.
Gregor Mendel starts his research on genetics. By the end of this year, the Morgan has returned from her fourth voyage and already departed on her fifth.
March 6, 1857
The U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Dred Scott decision. Slaves did not become free when transported into a free state, and the Morgan is headed for the Sea of Okhotsk from Hawaii.
The second and third attempt to lay the transatlantic cable occurs while the Morgan is hunting on the other side of the world.
November 24, 1859
Darwin’s Origin of Species is published. The Morgan is off of the River de la Plata on her sixth voyage.
October 16, 1859
John Brown and 21 abolitionists raid Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The Morgan heads for Talcahuano, Chile.
December 20, 1860
South Carolina secedes from the Union in response to Abraham Lincoln’s election as the Morgan heads from Honolulu to the coast of Lower California.
April 12, 1861
Fort Sumter is attacked by Confederate forces, starting the Civil War. The Morgan is docked at Honolulu and will soon depart for the Sea of Okhotsk.
March 9, 1862
The USS Monitor wins a battle against the Confederate ironclad Virginia. The Morgan is headed for the California Coast to sell her cargo.
September 22, 1862
President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation as the Morgan returns to Honolulu after whaling in the Sea of Okhotsk.
July 1-3, 1863
The battle of Gettysburg is fought. The Morgan rests at home in New Bedford.
August 22, 1864
The first Geneva Convention is held establishing the international Red Cross. The Morgan has returned to the Pacific, fishing the Sea of Okhotsk again.
April 9, 1865
General Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the Civil War. President Lincoln is assassinated five days later while the Morgan cruises the Pacific grounds.
June 28, 1865
The Confederate ship Shenandoah, not knowing the war has ended, seizes 11 whaling ships in the Bering Strait. The Morgan narrowly escapes her wrath.
July 27, 1866
The Atlantic cable is successfully laid, allowing transatlantic communication for the first time. The Morgan is still cruising the Pacific hoping for another catch.
February 17, 1867
The first ship passes through the Suez Canal. The Morgan is rounding Cape Horn on her way home.
August 18, 1868
Helium is discovered by French astronomer Pierre Janssen. The Morgan nears Tahiti after leaving the Galapagos Islands.
May 10 1869
The golden spike is driven, completing the Transcontinental Railroad as the Morgan is headed for Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
March 30, 1870
The Fifteenth Amendment is ratified, giving black Americans the right to vote. The Morgan is off of Talcahuano.
April 4, 1871
The first professional baseball league, the National Association, debuts with its first game. The Morgan is off of Barbados.
March 1, 1872
Yellowstone National Park created. The Morgan is headed to Mauritius from New Bedford.
May 8, 1873
British philosopher John Stuart Mill dies. The Morgan is continuing her contemplations in the Indian Ocean.
July 1, 1874
The first U.S. public zoo opens in Philadelphia. The Morgan is off of the Azores.
May 17, 1875
Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby. The Morgan is in her home port readying for her next voyage.
June 26, 1876
The Battle of Little Big Horn is fought. The Morgan is sailing for St. Helena.
August 17, 1877
Arizona blacksmith F.P. Cahill is fatally wounded by Billy the Kid. He will become the first person the Kid kills. The Morgan is of the African coast returning to St. Helena.
January 6, 1878
American poet and historian Carl Sandburg is born. The Morgan has left the Cape Verde Islands and will eventually make her way to Fayal.
October 22, 1879
Thomas Edison has his first successful test for his light bulb. The Morgan had just sailed from St. Helena, back into the darkness of the ocean.
Auguste Rodin makes a first plaster-cast of The Thinker, originally named The Poet. The Morgan continues hunting in the South Atlantic throughout the year.
October 26, 1881
The gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona is fought. The Morgan leaves Fayal this day.
March 22, 1882
The U.S. congress outlaws polygamy. The Morgan is on her way to Kaitai, New Zealand.
July 4, 1883
The world’s first rodeo is held at Pecos, Texas. The Morgan is on the New Zealand whaling grounds.
May 1, 1884
The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions calls for an eight-hour workday. The Morgan is hard at work approaching the Bay of Islands.
September 15, 1885
The train wreck of P.T. Barnum kills Jumbo, the giant circus elephant. The Morgan is in the Southern Pacific.
May 8, 1886
Dr. John Pemberton invents Coca-Cola. Sailors on the Morgan sail her towards New Bedford, soon to have their first sip.
The Yellow River floods in China, leaving more than 900,000 dead. The Morgan has left New Bedford for San Francisco, which will act as her port-of-embarkation for the next 18 years.
Jan 27, 1888
The National Geographic Society is founded. The Morgan has shipped for a whaling voyage to the Sea of Japan.
September 23, 1889
Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda. The Morgan returns to San Francisco from the Sea of Japan.
December 29, 1890
The Battle Wounded Knee Massacre occurs between the U.S. 7th Cavalry and the Lakota Sioux. The Morgan is sailing for the Yellow Sea, hoping for a successful voyage.
May 5, 1891
Carnegie Hall opens it doors in New York with its first public performance under the guest conductor Tchaikovsky. The Morgan is hunting the Yellow Sea.
January 1, 1892
Ellis Island opens its doors. The Morgan is now headed for the Sea of Japan.
October 20, 1893
The Chicago World’s Fair closes after 179 days of admission. The Morgan is returning to San Francisco from her 19th voyage.
January 7, 1894
W.K. Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film. The Morgan is headed for Ascension in the Carolina Islands.
September 3, 1895
The first professional football game is played in Latroble, Pennsylvania as the Morgan is returning to San Francisco.
May 18, 1896
The Plessy versus Ferguson is decided in favor of “separate but equal” by the Supreme Court. The Morgan is cruising in the Pacific.
May 18, 1897
Irish author Bram Stoker publishes Dracula. The Morgan is at Hakodate, Japan.
August 28, 1898
Caleb Bradham names his soft drink Pepsi-Cola. The Morgan is leaving Hakodate for San Francisco.
February 14, 1899
The Open Door Policy with China is declared by the U.S. government. The Morgan takes another voyage to Hakodate.
January 2, 1900
The first electric bus becomes operational in New York. The Morgan is at Hakodate.
January 10, 1901
The first oil gusher is found in Texas at Spindletop. The Morgan is hunting west across the Pacific.
April 2, 1902
The first movie theatre in the United States opens in Los Angeles, California. The Morgan is back at Hakodate.
December 17, 1903
The Wright brothers flew the first airplane. The Morgan is but a month into her 27th voyage.
May 11, 1904
Salvador Dali is born. The Morgan sails from Guam to Hakodate.
July 26, 1905
The Cullinan diamond is found near Pretoria, South Africa. The Morgan is hunting while sailing towards Papeete.
October 3, 1906
HMS Dreadnought is launched. This first all-big gun battleship revolutionizes the navies of the world. The Morgan nears St. Vincent of the Cape Verde Islands.
August 28, 1907
James E. Casey founds UPS in Seattle, Washington. The Morgan begins her final leg in her voyage home to New Bedford after 18 years of absence.
September 27, 1908
The first production Model T Ford was built in Detroit, Michigan. The Morgan is less than a month into her 32nd voyage.
March 23, 1909
Theodore Roosevelt departs for an African safari sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society. The Morgan is headed for its own safari as it sails for Durban on the South coast of Africa.
February 8, 1910
The Boy Scouts of America is founded. The Morgan is in transit from Port Natal to St. Helena.
April 14, 1912
RMS Titanic sinks. The Morgan is four days from Durban.
February 1, 1913
Grand Central Station opens in New York City when the Morgan is headed for St. Helena.
President Woodrow Wilson declares the first Mother’s Day in honor of those who lost sons in World War I. The Morgan is in New Bedford and will not sail for another year.
January 28, 1915
The Unites States Coast Guard is established, replacing the U.S. Life-Saving Services.
May 7, 1915
The British ship Lusitania is sunk by a German U-boat submarine.
Albert Einstein introduces his theory of relativity in a paper entitled “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies.”
January 29, 1916
Paris is bombed by German Zeppelins for the first time.
February 3, 1917
The U.S. government ends diplomatic relations with Germany. The Morgan is under sail heading for Desolation Island, Antarctica.
April 6, 1917
The United States Congress declares war on Germany, joining the allies in World War I.
More than one million U.S. troops are now fighting in the First World War. The Morgan sets out to cruise the Atlantic from New Bedford.
January 16, 1919
The Treaty of Versailles is signed. The Morgan is out in the Atlantic.
August 18, 1920
Women are given the right to vote in the Nineteenth Amendment. The Morgan is preparing to embark on her final voyage.
July 2, 1921
A Congressional resolution is passed declaring peace with Germany, Austria, and Hungary. After 80 years of service, the Morgan lies dormant in Provincetown.