The Charles W. Morgan, named for a Massachusetts whaling businessman, is the last remaining wooden whaling ship and the oldest American commercial vessel still in existence. It sailed on 37 voyages around the globe during an 80-year whaling career. During its service, expeditions earned $1.4 million from the sale of whale oil, whalebone, and ambergris, which is a substance formerly used in making perfume.
The vessel was sent to the Mystic Seaport Museum in 1941 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967. Currently undergoing an extensive restoration, the Morgan is scheduled to sail on its 38th voyage to historic ports in New England in 2013 and 2014.
TYPE: Whaling ship
WIDTH: 27.5 feet
WEIGHT: 313.75 tons
CARGO CAPACITY: 90, 000 gallons
BUILT: New Bedford, Massachusetts
Modeled and loaned by Bob Bagnoli