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Golden splendor on the Charles W. Morgan

By Sean D. Elliot

Publication: theday.com

Published July 11. 2013 4:00PM   Updated July 12. 2013 11:56AM
Sean D. Elliot/The Day
Shipwright Matt Barnes installs the billethead on the bow of the 19th century whaleship Charles W. Morgan Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

Mystic - Shipwright Matt Barnes installed the billethead on the bow of the 19th century whaleship Charles W. Morgan Thursday 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. 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.

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