Gannon & Benjamin Work on Morgan Whaleboat Nears Finish
This winter, Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway on Vineyard Haven
harbor is at work recreating a small piece of the nation's maritime
The Island boatbuilders, designers and builders of pleasure
craft large and small, power and sail, are building one of the
whaleboats that will be carried by the Charles W. Morgan, the last
remaining wooden whaleship and the oldest American commercial vessel
still in existence.
The Morgan is now undergoing a multi-million dollar restoration at the Mystic Seaport Museum
in Mystic, Connecticut.
Caulking with cotton.
Built in 1841 in New Bedford, she made 37
voyages under sail around the globe during an 80-year whaling career.
The vessel arrived at Mystic Seaport in 1941 and was designated a
National Historic Landmark in 1967.
The museum expects to relaunch Morgan this July, and in 2014 she will
begin her 38th voyage, this one to historic ports in New England,
including Vineyard Haven.
In all, nine whaleboats are under construction by third parties that
include, in addition to Gannon & Benjamin, the Lowell Boat Shop and
the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum.
Here are more photos and description about the restoration of the Morgan