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Charles W. Morgan, Mystic

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Charles W. Morgan is an American whaling ship built in 1841 whose active service period was during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Ships of this type were usually used to harvest the blubber of whales for whale oil, which was commonly used in lamps. It has served as a museum ship since the 1940s, and is now an exhibit at the Mystic Seaport museum in Mystic, Connecticut. She is the world's oldest surviving merchant vessel, and the only surviving wooden whaling ship from the 19th century American merchant fleet. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.ConstructionCharles Waln Morgan chose Jethro and Zachariah Hillman's shipyard in New Bedford, Massachusetts to construct a new ship. Charles W. Morgan's live oak keel was laid down in February 1841 and fastened together with copper bolts. The bow and stern pieces of live oak were secured to the keel by an apron piece. The sturdy stern post was strengthened with hemlock root and white oak. Yellow pine shipped from North Carolina was used for the ship's beams, and hemlock or hackmatack was used for the hanging knees.
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  • The tour of the boat was great and the volunteer/docents were great explaining some of the details of the ship and answering questions. You get a real sense of what life was like on board, and I'm sur...  more »
  • a real whaling boat, the last of a fleet of 2700 vessels! built in 1841 is now a national historic landmark, it is possible to get on board and understand life on board. the interpreters are really go...  more »

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