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    Monday, August 08, 2022

    Historic whaleship gets some touch-ups at Mystic Seaport

    Painter and rigger Brianna Lusher touches up the hull paint around the depth markers on the bow of the historic wooden whaleship Charles W. Morgan on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at Mystic Seaport Museum's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

    Mystic — The historic wooden whaleship Charles W. Morgan has been getting some touch-ups at Mystic Seaport Museum's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

    The Morgan, the oldest wooden vessel of its kind still in existence, has been hauled out for routine maintenance since mid-July. In addition to cleaning and repainting, the ship got a new sheathing of copper on its keel during the maintenance interval. Shipyard workers made final preparations Tuesday to refloat the ship on Wednesday and return it to Chubbs Wharf.

    Each of the museum's three major historic vessels — the Morgan, the Joseph Conrad and the L.A. Dunton — are on three-year rotations to be hauled out for maintenance.

    Visitors to Mystic Seaport Museum watch Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, as workers at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard move the historic wooden whaleship Charles W. Morgan onto the ship lift. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Shipwrights Greg See, left, and Scott Gifford consult on next steps Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, after moving the historic wooden whaleship Charles W. Morgan onto the ship lift at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport Museum. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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