Mystic in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Whaleship Charles W. Morgan
Charles W. Morgan
Hillman Bros. Shipyard
New Bedford, Martin
Length: 105’ 6”
Beam: 27’ 7”
Depth: 17’ 6”
As the last surviving American wooden whaleship, and the oldest American merchant ship afloat, the Charles W. Morgan is unique today. When she was launched in 1841, the Morgan was one of more than 600 American whaleships that hunted whales to supply the world’s need for oil for lubrication and illumination. Named for her original owner, wahing merchant Charles W. Morgan of new Bedford, Massachusetts, the vessel made 37 voyages during an 80-year career.
Hunting primarily in the Pacific Ocean, the Morgan often spent three to five years finding the fifty of more whales needed to fill her hold with barrels of oil. To shorten voyages, the Morgan was berthed at San Francisco from 1887 to 1904. A crew of 30 to 36 men was needed to row the six-man whaleboats used to hunt and capture whales, and then to render oil from the blubber in a brick tryworks on deck. These crews were among the most diverse at sea, mixing Americans, Europeans, West Indians, Azoreans, Cape Verdeans, Polynesians, and Asians. They received a small share of the profits for their years of tedium and toil.
After her retirement in1921, the Morgan was preserved as an exhibit
Erected by Mystic Seaport.
Location. 41° 21.522′ N, 71° 57.928′ W. Marker is in Mystic, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Greenmanville Avenue (Connecticut Route 27) and Bruggeman Place, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Mystic Seaport. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hays & Ros Clark Shiplift (a few steps from this marker); Lathrop D-90 Diesel Engine (within shouting distance of this marker); Wichmann Semi-Diesel Engine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Compound Steam Engine (about 300 feet away); Live Oak Log (about 400 feet away); Propeller Steamer Sabino (about 600 feet away); Eastern-Rig Dragger Roann (about 700 feet away); Harbor Tugboat Kingston II (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mystic.
Regarding Whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Charles W. Morgan
Also see . . .
1. Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Charles W. Morgan (ship) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Video: Charles W. Morgan – Restored to Greatness. Two minute video on the MysticSeaport.org website. (Submitted on May 15, 2014.)
4. The 38th Voyage. May 17 – August 6, 2014 Over an 80-year career, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan sailed on 37 voyages to remote corners of the globe. In May of 2014, following a five-year, multi-million dollar restoration, the ship set out on her 38th Voyage — perhaps her most important — to raise awareness of America’s maritime heritage and to call attention to issues of ocean sustainability and conservation. It was the first time the National Historic Landmark had left Mystic Seaport since her arrival in 1941. (Submitted on February 16, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 542 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 16, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.