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A Whale of a Classic


A Whale of a Classic

While we focus most of our energy on the world of high-performance racing, we, like most sailors, have a soft spot in our heart for the history of sailing.  We have a lot of gratitude for the organizations that make the preservation of this history possible, and perhaps the greatest in the world is the Mystic Seaport.

They’re on our radar today because of an incredibly ambitious project – the total restoration of the 113-foot Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaling ship from the great days of sail.  Built in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, she’s been part of Mystic for almost 70 years – and now she’s going to look like new.  Just awesome.  And very well-documented.

This pic gives you an idea of the scale of this 3-year project, and you can find loads more at the New York Times gallery of the hauling-out process.  You can also learn about ten thousand things about the Morgan and whaling on the Mystic site, or better yet, go down there yourself.  We’ve been to Mystic a half-dozen times, and it just keeps getting better. The pic is from the Soundbounder blog, and we thank him for letting us know about the project.