Day 219: Charles W. Morgan

Charles W. Morgan ©Jackie Brooks“The Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat – only the USS Constitution is older. The Morgan was launched on July 21, 1841 from the yard of Jethro and Zachariah Hillman in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She typically sailed with a crew of about 35, representing sailors from around the world. The whaleship measures 106 feet, 11 inches length on deck with her beam measuring 27 feet, 9 inches. Her main truck is 110 feet above the deck; fully-rigged, and she carries 7,134 square feet of sail. The huge try-pots used for converting blubber into whale oil are forward; below are the cramped quarters in which her officers and men lived.” To read more click here

19 thoughts on “Day 219: Charles W. Morgan

  1. What a beautiful ship. You get to see a lot of interesting things there at the water. Keep those great pictures coming for those of us who don’t get to go to the sea or bays.

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