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Charles W. Morgan, Mystic

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Charles W. Morgan is an American whaling ship built in 1841 whose active service period was during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Ships of this type were usually used to harvest the blubber of whales for whale oil, which was commonly used in lamps. The ship 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. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.
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  • There is nothing like crawling through history to set the story straight. Whaling was 36 people in a small space for extended periods of time. I can tell you, you can read it in countless historical r...  more »
  • The number and variety of ships here is extraordinary! This is one of the best. There are many opportunities to check ships of many eras that have been restored. Enjoy!  more »
  • Took our grandchildren here and they were fascinated by the boat as well as the accompanying model village. It was a nearby "Williamsburg, Va." and not as long to get there from NYC. Nice demonstratio...  more »

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