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Whaling: LCMM Partners with Mystic Seaport
on a Whale of a Project

To Build a Whaleboat

 

For over 70 years, Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, has been the guardian of the world’s last wooden whaling ship and America’s oldest existing commercial vessel, Charles W. Morgan. The Seaport has engaged in a massive restoration project to ensure the long-term survival of this national maritime treasure. One goal of the restoration is to make her seaworthy, allowing her to undertake a voyage, sharing the history of American whaling and current whale conservation programs. Recently, Co-Director Erick Tichonuk participated in a round table discussion to assist with planning the 2014 tour.

Whaleship Charles W. Morgan
Whaleship Charles W. Morgan, at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.
Image courtesy Mystic Seaport.

We’re thrilled to announce LCMM has been invited to build one of ten historically accurate whaleboats that will become part of Morgan’s interpretive program and part of a larger youth rowing program based in Mystic, CT. Working simultaneously with other regional boatbuilding schools, LCMM's Champlain Longboats program will construct a whaleboat for the Morgan.

This summer, the boat will be lofted and an exhibit created to share this project and Lake Champlain’s connections to whales and whaling. Next winter a team of students from the Diversified Occupations program at the Hannaford Career Center will work at LCMM to construct the boat. During the construction process we will offer special Boat Shop tours so you can share the excitement. The students will deliver the whaleboat to Mystic in time for Morgan’s historic 38th voyage.