Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.
Buy or give as a gift a Day photograph

Mystic Seaport installs the first of the new hull planks on the whale ship Charles W. Morgan Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.

Published: February 21, 2012

Mystic Seaport President Steve White hammers the first bronze spike as shipwrights and other workers at the seaport's H.B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard work install the first of the new hull planks on the whale ship Charles W. Morgan Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Five bronze spikes plus a series of "trunnels" or tree nails, will hold the 36-foot long, 14-inch wide and 4-inch thick longleaf yellow pine plank in place. The plank was milled in the shipyard and steamed for 3-hours to soften it before being installed. Shipwrights expect to install a new plank every few days for some time before stepping-up the process until the hull is fully sheathed. The $7 million project is on schedule to re-launch her on July 21, 2013, the 172nd anniversary of her first trip down the ways in 1841. Mystic Seaport will return the Morgan to sea for a ceremonial 38th Voyage to historic ports on the East Coast in the late spring and summer of 2014.

[Buy Photo]

Sean D. Elliot/The Day

Related Articles:

Gallery Links

  • Old Lyme vs. Westbrook | September 18. 2014 | 5 photos Old Lyme vs. Westbrook

    September 18, 2014
    5 Photos

  • NFA vs. East Lyme | September 17. 2014 | 7 photos NFA vs. East Lyme

    September 17, 2014
    7 Photos

  • Political debates in Old Lyme | September 16. 2014 | 10 photos Political debates in Old Lyme

    September 16, 2014
    10 Photos

  • Making a splash for Coast Guard football | September 15. 2014 | 7 photos Making a splash for Coast Guard football

    September 15, 2014
    7 Photos

  • The Week in The Day | September 14. 2014 | 15 photos The Week in The Day

    September 14, 2014
    15 Photos

  • Coast Guard Academy vs. Merchant Marine Academy | September 13. 2014 | 8 photos Coast Guard Academy vs. Merchant Marine Academy

    September 13, 2014
    8 Photos

  • Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival | September 13. 2014 | 13 photos Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival

    September 13, 2014
    13 Photos

  • New London vs. Griswold | September 12. 2014 | 7 photos New London vs. Griswold

    September 12, 2014
    7 Photos

  • Remembering 9/11 in Southeastern Connecticut | September 11. 2014 | 8 photos Remembering 9/11 in Southeastern Connecticut

    September 11, 2014
    8 Photos

  • The nation commemorates 9/11 | September 11. 2014 | 11 photos The nation commemorates 9/11

    September 11, 2014
    11 Photos

  • Mystic Aquarium releases 4 seal pups | September 11. 2014 | 5 photos Mystic Aquarium releases 4 seal pups

    September 11, 2014
    5 Photos

  • Vintage World War II-era aircraft visit area | September 8. 2014 | 9 photos Vintage World War II-era aircraft visit area

    September 8, 2014
    9 Photos