America’s Last Wooden Whaleship

Mystic Seaport splashes the restored Charles W. Morgan, preserving history from 1841.

Charles W. Morgan whaleship
Mystic Seaport in Connecticut has restored and relaunched the Charles W. Morgan, America's last remaining wooden whaleship.Courtesy Mystic Seaport

Our August issue includes a fascinating look at the Charles W. Morgan, which originally launched in 1841 and has been painstakingly restored in a project that took more than four years. The Morgan is going to tour the Northeast next summer, giving crowds a chance to experience this magnificent vessel before she returns to her permanent home at Mystic Seaport.

The seaport held a public ceremony July 21 to officially re-launch the Morgan on the 172nd anniversary of her original launch in New Bedford, Massachusetts. We love this video that the folks at Mystic Seaport created, showing parts of the restoration and a time-lapse look at the Morgan being moved out to the dock ahead of this month's ceremony.

If you think this project is as cool as we find it, then check out our August issue to learn more about the Morgan’s history and how she was brought back to life.