The Morgan prepares to head back to sea
Spectators look-on after the staff at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard raised the whale ship Charles W. Morgan from the waters of the Mystic River Sat. Nov. 1, 2008. The Morgan is the last wooden whale ship left afloat in the world. It will be relaunched on Sun. July 21, 2013 after four years of renovations.
Shipwrights at the Mystic Seaport H.B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard, from left, Rick Ramenda, Sean Kelly and Chris Taylor, slides a just-removed sealing plank out a hole cut into the hull of the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan Mon. Sept. 28, 2009. In Sept. 2009, the seaport's board of trustees announced the approval of a plan to expand the initial restoration project to include bringing the ship up to sailing capabilities.
Shipwrights at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard work on the whaleship Charles W. Morgan Wednesday, March 28, 2012. After its relaunch this Sunday, July 21, the Morgan next will sail to Newport, R.I., Vineyard Haven, Mass., New Bedford, Mass., the Cape Cod Canal, Provincetown, Mass., Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts Bay, Boston, then back to New London before returning to the Seaport in September 2014.
Workers at the Mystic Seaport H.B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard continue work on the 19th century whaleship Charles W. Morgan as part of the five-year restoration project Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Stonington. The Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaling ship remaining and the oldest American commercial vessel still in existence as well as a National Historic Landmark, is slated to be re-launched on July 21st this summer and embark on its 38th voyage, a tour of historic New England ports in the spring of 2014.
Shipwright Matt Barnes checks a template of a "Hawes Knee" on a piece of Live Oak timber for the Charles W. Morgan at the Mystic Seaport H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
Gary Anderson and Shelly Larsen put a second coat of primer on the lettering across the transom of the Charles W. Morgan Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Mystic Seaport H.B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard as work continues on the 19th century whaleship.
Shipwright Matt Barnes installs the billethead on the bow of the 19th century whaleship Charles W. Morgan Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The gold-leafed piece, a replacement for the ship's original decorative piece, was carved in 1991 by shipwright Roger Hambidge.
Boaters look-on as the hull of the 19th century whaleship Charles W. Morgan touches the waters of the Mystic River for the first time since November 1, 2008 at the Mystic Seaport H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard Wednesday, June 26, 2013. On Wednesday the ship was rolled the 200-feet onto the shiplift and lowered partway into the water to begin the process of swelling the planking to render the hull watertight. It will be relaunched in a ceremony on Sunday, July 21, 2013.
During a one-hour ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, the Seaport will relaunch the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, which has been undergoing a $7 million restoration over the past four years.