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July 25, 2014

Charles W. Morgan: the 38th Voyage

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We ran up to Boston last weekend to see the Charles W. Morgan while she was docked next to the U.S.S. Constitution. The last (only) surviving wooden whaling ship shared the dock with America’s oldest naval vessel in Charlestown. History buffs take note!  The Morgan was built in 1841 in New Bedford (perhaps with help from the Driggs clan?) at a cost of $52,000 dollars.  She made 37 voyages, whaled for 80 years, and earned over $1.4 Million dollars.  She traveled to the Azores, Cape Verde Islands, Oahu, the Sandwich Islands, Madagascar, the Galapagos, and other ports. In 1967 she became a National Historic Landmark.

We watched her restoration, which took place at her home since 1941, Mystic Seaport, Connecticut.  I thought I would post a few pictures taken while she was in the process of being restored, and some photos from last weekend.

Charles Morgan bow web.jpg In drydock this ship was intimidatingly large. A four-story stairway took us to her deck.

trying out furnace.jpg  This is the tryworks, a large brick oven used to boil blubber into oil. Slabs of blubber were cut into small pieces called “horse pieces” and then sliced into “bibles” that opened into leaves like a book.  This exposed more surface area so the blubber could melt quickly.  The tryworks were fired with pieces of skin and tissue leftover after the blubber had been rendered into oil.  This photo was taken during the restoration.  Yes, that’s me in the back.

JD Driggs shopweb.jpg  The Driggs Whalecraft shop made harpoons and fittings for whale boats.

morgan whale fire 2014.jpg  This is the restored tryworks on board the Charles Morgan in Boston.

Boston Harbor Morgan 2014.jpg  Here she is in port.

sailing again.jpg  Here she is sailing again.  (photo courtesy Mystic Seaport).  Her 38th voyage began in May 2014 and will last 12 weeks.  She will visit 7 ports of call.  The most exciting part of her voyage was undoubtedly a few days on the Stellwagen Banks, whale watching.  Many whales were spotted curiously swimming near her, breaching and having the last word.

We visited with the Captain of the Morgan while we were on deck last weekend.  He told us the restoration and 38th voyage cost over $12 Million dollars, and unfortunately because of financial constraints, it is her last planned voyage.  What a thrill it was to see her on the water!  She will return to Mystic Seaport where she will remain.

July 9, 2014

Some Drive-By photos of Driggs, and other things.

Filed under: Uncategorized — annie @ 1:06 pm

looking south.jpg Driggs, looking south on Main Street.looking north .jpg Looking North.

top of Teton Pass .jpg  The top of Teton Pass   dads store.jpg  Dad’s store.

Corner Drug.jpg  The Corner Drug Store and giant farm equipment.jpg  Giant Farm Equipment.

Nicholas asked for some photos of Driggs now, since they upgraded the street and put in new streetlights downtown. I took these drive-bys on our way out of town. Except for the top of Teton Pass, of course.

And a note about the farm equipment. I took this on the dry farms as Randy passed this massive machine. I probably broke some weird Idaho law that says its illegal to take pictures of farming. Yes, there is such a law. Oh, those paranoid Idahoans. It would be fun to drive this behemoth, though. Lastly, a photo to show how much snow was in the mountains on June 2, 2014.

june 2nd, 2014.jpg