More scenes from the final push, and a few here in New London

The final weeks leading up to the trip down river really were a steady, hard push. In chronological order: Early in the month, the Pilots spent a weekend at the Seaport helping with all manner of projects. They painted anchors, built floating docks, worked on Roann’s dory, cleaned everywhere in preparation for the trip down […]

A slice of May

We’ve been pretty busy as you might imagine. The blog has suffered from long days at work, but I’ll try to give a blast of what’s been going on over the past 3 or 4 weeks. We head downriver this Saturday, 5/17 at 9:15 am, weather permitting. The systems have been going in at a […]

A new twist

Fuel was delivered to the ship today. Eyebrows went up to see a whale ship taking on oil.

The spars go on

Just after the last post, we had three days of crane work to get the spars up and chain in the hold. I’ll get to that in just a bit. There’s always tons of prep work before a big event like this, and here’s a few of things that needed to happen. The control lines […]

One month until Go Time

The Morgan leaves for New London on Saturday, March 17th around 9 am. Needless to say, we’ve been pretty busy. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve been up to lately. Walt found rot in some frames in one of the whale boats a while back. in fact, this was one that he had built with […]


It’s been way too long since the last post… just goes to show how busy we’ve been.  A new entry is in the works, but in the meantime, here’s a photo of what can happen when drilling through-holes in the hull.  Walter hit this wrought iron drift with a 2″ hole saw as he was […]

All over the map

As Quentin often reminds us, all boats are built in the last month. CWM is no exception, and the pace around the shop has risen noticeably. Here’s a smorgasbord of the kinds of things going on. Electrical work We’re putting in generators and batteries for more than the nav system. The boat has always had […]

Spar work

While much of the spar work is done, there are still a few projects in the works. We’ll start with the smallest one: the whaleboat gaffs. We have many whaleboats that will be loaded on to the Morgan, made at a number of shops. All of them will get rigs and sails, as well as […]

Caulking the tween deck

Jamie and Matt have been working the tween decks lately. The caulking needed to be replaced and many of the seams were so open that they needed feathers. We’ll start with Jamie working out the widths they’d need to feather the seams. He uses wood scraps of different measured thicknesses to measure the gap width […]

Rigging progress

This week we’ll stop into the rigging loft and look at some of the rope work being done. Sara took most of today’s photos and she describes what’s going on. We are working on the running rigging for the Morgan. That’s all of the natural fiber lines, made of manila, that control the sails etc. […]