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Wooden Charles W. Morgan Model Whaling Boat 24
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Wooden Charles W. Morgan Model Whaling Boat 24"

Overall Dims: 24" L x 4" W x 18" H

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Wooden Charles W. Morgan Model Whaling Boat 24"
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Wooden Charles W. Morgan Model Whaling Boat 24"

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This 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 this tall ship model can similarly inhabit a proud position, displaying their historical and indomitable adventurous spirit in your office, home or meeting room. 

 

24" Long x 4" Wide x 18" High (1:56 Scale)

 

  • High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
  • Built from scratch by master artisans
  • Handsewn white cloth sails
  • Arrives fully assembled with all sails mounted
  • Extensive research of our tall ship models from original plans, historical drawings, and paintings, as well as actual photographs, ensures the highest possible accuracy
  • Metal nameplate on wooden base identifies the ship as the Charles Morgan
  • Meticulous painting accurately matches the actual Charles Morgan
  • Detailed features include:
    • Handcrafted accessories such as detailed whale boats, metal ship wheel, and stove to really make the boat come alive
    • Morgan name plate placed on the stern of the ship
    • Detailed handsewn cloth sails
    • Rudder chains

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:

  1. to serve as a mother ship to a fleet of small whaleboats, which are stored on the davits when not in use,
  2. to serve as a factory and a refinery ship with tryworks for extracting oil from the whale blubber,
  3. 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.

Later Service

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.

Retirement

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.

Restoration

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.


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