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Charles W. Morgan Limited 32"
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
This museum-quality Limited Edition scale replica tall ships model of the Charles Morgan is bedecked with historically accurate features and built with the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail. As a hard-working and long-sailing New England whaling ship, the Charles Morgan holds a proud place in American maritime history. Now these Limited Edition tall ship models can similarly inhabit a proud position, displaying their historical and indomitable adventurous spirit in your office, home or meeting room.
32" Long x 9" Wide x 25" High (1:42 scale)
- Built from scratch by master artisans
- Museum Quality features not available in other tall ship models under $3,000 or any kit
- Real copper-plated hull (not painted on) like the actual Charles Morgan (done to prevent shipworms from destroying the wood hull)
- Increased detail of deck items, painting and other features
- Individual wooden planks used in hull construction
- High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
- Extensive rigging featuring over 100 deadeyes and blocks
- Meticulous painting accurately matches the actual Charles Morgan
- Amazing Details, including:
- Planked deck with nail holes
- Authentic scale whale boats
- Rudder chains and metal anchors
- Deck details such as barrels, detailed deckhouses, storage crates and more
- Masterfully stitched, heavy canvas sails hold shape and do not wrinkle
- Taut rigging with varied thread gauge and color
- Limited production run only 25 of these tall ship models
- Certificate of Authenticity individually numbered and signed by HMS Founder and Master Builder Richard Norris
- Wooden display base features four arched dolphins
- Pictured with marble base (available for purchase)
- Extensive research of original plans, historical drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy
In the 1840s, a Quaker whaling merchant named Charles W. Morgan ordered a whaleship from the shipbuilders Jethro and Zachariah Hillman of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
The hull and deck of Morgan reflected the industry which she was built to serve. A typical whaleship has three functions:
- to serve as a mother ship to a fleet of small whaleboats, which are stored on the davits when not in use,
- to serve as a factory and a refinery ship with tryworks for extracting oil from the whale blubber,
- to serve as oil tankers.
Morgan's maiden voyage began on September 6, 1841. She sailed around Cape Horn and cruised the Pacific Ocean. Following Morgan's three year and four month voyage, she came home with 2,400 barrels of whale oil and 10,000 lbs of whalebone, known as baleen, which was worth around USD$56,000.
In her 80 years of service, she would make 37 voyages ranging in length from nine months to five years. Charles W. Morgan, in total, brought home 54,483 barrels of whale oil and 152,934 pounds of whalebone. She sailed in the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans, surviving ice and snow storms. Her crew survived a cannibal attack in the South Pacific. Between 1888 and 1904 she was based in San Francisco.
Morgan had more than 1,000 whalemen of all races and nationalities in her lifetime. Her crew included not only Americans, but sailors from Cape Verde, New Zealand, the Seychelles, Guadeloupe, and Norfolk Island. The ship's crew averaged around 33 men per voyage. As with other whaleships in the 1800s, Morgan often was home to the captain's family.
Charles W. Morgan was used in 3 movies: the 1916 movie Miss Petticoats, the 1922 Down to the Sea in Ships, and in the 1930s in Java Head.
On the night of June 30, 1924, the Charles W. Morgan caught fire when the flaming wreck of the steamer Sankaty, which had drifted across the Achushnet River from New Bedford harbor in flames, collided with it. Badly charred, Morgan narrowly escaped destruction.
The whaling days came to an end with the perfection of refining petroleum. Morgan was under the care of Whaling Enshrined, Inc. until 1941, when she was transferred to Mystic Seaport, where she still stands to this day.
The Charles W. Morgan arrived at Mystic Seaport in December of 1941, narrowly avoiding destruction during WWII. A major restoration and preservation project was begun in 1968. In 1977 Morgan was designated a National Historic Landmark. Mystic Seaport is completing a multi-million dollar shipyard upgrade to accommodate the next phase of Morgan's restoration. She is the oldest whaler and commercial vessel surviving in America.
The United States Postal Service issued a commerorative stamp honoring the Charles W. Morgan.