Charles W. Morgan (ship)

American whaling ship built in 1841

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Charles W. Morgan
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Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut
History
United States
Owner:
Builder: Jethro and Zachariah Hillman, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Launched: 1841
Identification:
Status: Museum ship
General characteristics
Tonnage: 351.3 (Old Tons); 313.8 (New Tons)[2]
Length: 113 ft (34 m) LOA
Beam: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Depth: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
Sail plan: Double-topsail bark rig; 13,000 sq ft (1,200 m2) of sail[3]
Charles W. Morgan
Charles W. Morgan (ship) is located in Connecticut
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LocationMystic, Connecticut
Coordinates41°21′46.04″N 71°57′54.89″W / 41.3627889°N 71.9652472°W / 41.3627889; -71.9652472Coordinates: 41°21′46.04″N 71°57′54.89″W / 41.3627889°N 71.9652472°W / 41.3627889; -71.9652472
Built1841
Part ofMystic Bridge Historic District (ID79002671)
NRHP reference No.66000804
Significant dates
Added to NRHP13 November 1966[4]
Designated NHL13 November 1966[5]
Designated CPAugust 31, 1979

Charles W. Morgan is an American whaling ship built in 1841 that was active during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Ships of this type were used to harvest the blubber of whales for whale oil which was commonly used in lamps. Charles W. Morgan has served as a museum ship since the 1940s and is now an exhibit at the Mystic Seaport museum in Mystic, Connecticut. She is the world's oldest surviving merchant vessel and the only surviving wooden whaling ship from the 19th century American merchant fleet, which at one time numbered 2,700 vessels.[1] The Morgan was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

  1. ^ a b c d Cite error: The named reference nrhpinv was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Davis, Lance E.; Gallman, Robert E.; Gleiter, Karen (1997). "Chapter 6: Capital" (PDF). In Pursuit of Leviathan: Technology, Institutions, Productivity, and Profits in American Whaling, 1816–1906 (pdf). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Table 6.11 at p. 254. ISBN 0-226-13789-9. See p. 215 (pdf) & fn. 5 for discussion of the difference in tonnage measurements.
  3. ^ "Charles W. Morgan – Whaling Ship". Mystic Seaport. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 23 January 2007.
  5. ^ "Charles W. Morgan (Bark)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2007-10-03.

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