Hillman shipyard in New Bedford, Mass Receives Order for New Whaleship

November 1840

Hillman Shipyard announces that an order has been placed with them to build a new whaleship. The order value is estimated at some $25,000.

The order was placed by local businessman and ship owner Charles W Morgan. Mr Morganson of Quaker parents in Philadelphia was born on September 14, 1796. He relocated to New Bedford, Mass., in 1819 where he married Sarah Rodman and began investing in whaling vessels. Mr Morgan has managed 15 vessels and owned shares in 18 others. With his whaling profits, he has invested in many other business enterprises. Mr Morgan left the Quaker faith to become a Unitarian and is recognized as an abolitionist and a supporter of the temperance movement.

Hillman Shipyard expects to complete the as yet un-named vessel next Summer.

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