The Whaleship Charles W Morgan in a Nutshell

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Radio controlled model of the Morgan sails at Mystic Seaport

The Whaleship Charles W Morgan

It was 1841 and one of the whaleships heading out of New Bedford on the morning tide carried a new crewman on his first whale hunt. Herman Melville was to become famous as the author of a great classic nautical novel, Moby Dick , that has become a popular read down generations and across the world. As Herman Melville watched the receding shore, a new whale ship was being launched from a New Bedford yard.

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Mystic Seaport Launches Historic Whaleship Charles W. Morgan

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Ship Floats for the First Time Since 2008

Mystic, Conn.—After a nearly five-year restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan was launched into the waters of the Mystic River today. The ship, a National Historic Landmark and America’s oldest commercial vessel, was carefully lowered into the water in a public ceremony to float on her own bottom for the first time since 2008.

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Captain’s Wife

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Abby Jane Morrell sailed with her husband Benjamin on a voyage between 1829 and 1831 aboard his schooner Antarctic. Both wrote books describing the voyage although Benjamin was considered less than truthful and it is his wife’s account that has survived. At that time the whaling industry was reaching its peak and New England ports sent out a steady stream of vessels on whale catching and sealing expeditions, when the value of a single cargo could cover the cost of a new ship’s construction, fitting out, crewing and stores, but still provide a generous profit.

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Seafarer’s Voice 6, Whale Hunter

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This book is appropriately timed, with the Charles W Morgan approaching the end of her major restoration to full sailing condition. In 2013, she is due to undertake a Restoration Voyage along the US East Coast for the first time under her own sails since 1924. The Morgan is the last surviving square-rigged whale ship of the thousands built to participate in the first oil rush. This is the personal account of one of the Morgans first harpoonists.

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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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British Whaling Fleet is Shrinking

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The number of British whaleships is reducing. Demand for whale products continues but British and other European ship owners are less enthusiastic in maintaining whaling fleets. This coincides with a continuing expansion of the American whaling fleet. One British shipping source believes that decline of British whaling will continue and the pace of decline will increase. He believes that this is due to the increasing profitability of other maritime trade for British vessels. The demand for manufactured goods in the British colonies and the demand in Britain from raw materials from those colonies is producing a profitable trade that lacks the risks long associated with whaling.

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