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Wooden Moby Dick - Pequod Model Whaling Boat 24
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Wooden Moby Dick - Pequod Model Whaling Boat 24"

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

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Wooden Moby Dick - Pequod Model Whaling Boat 24"
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Wooden Moby Dick - Pequod Model Whaling Boat 24"

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Finely-crafted details and museum-quality features define this replica tall ship model of the Pequod. Devoted attention to historical accuracy ensures that every detail on Pequod matches the tall ship made famous by the book Moby Dick. As the centerpiece of a den, office or meeting room, or perhaps setting a nautical tone for a family living room or corporate boardroom, this tall model ship is certain to inspire with her indomitable spirit and history.

 

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

 

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