They're working on restoring the 170 year old whaling ship. I'll have
to see about taking a trip to check it out. I haven't been to Mystic
Seaport since I was 8 years old or so.
Thanks for posting most interesting article on the Morgan. As a youth,
too many years ago, I visited the Mystic Seaport Museum. Strangely
enough the menmory which remains in my mind to this day is the size of
the box like bunks. I surmised at the time of my visit that the
sailors had to rather short in stature. But needless to say the NYT
Science article is worth the read.
Yep. I remember the sleeping hammocks and the headroom being
ridiculously low - even by a child's standards. I wonder if they
offer a tour that highlights the restoration work. I'd seriously love
- big sloppy kiss love - to get up close and inspect the work, both
old and new. I gotta make some calls...
On Sat, 21 Aug 2010 09:51:47 -0700 (PDT), RicodJour
Yes, The Morgan is open for tours and viewing during the restoration.
We sail to Mystic often, and sometimes dock our boat right at the
museum. At night, after the crowds are gone, I wander around taking
photographs. They have some of my photos on display from time to time.
The Morgan, when built was expected to have a useful working life of
about 20 years. Just the fact that it was used commercially for 80
years is astounding.
If you want a real thrill, there is a restored movie from 1922 that
used the Morgan as a main part of the movie. That's right... They even
have footage under sail, and landing a whale! You can't have any idea
of what whaling was like without seeing this movie. Those guys were
suicidal! This movie was restored, not because of the Morgan being in
it, but because it was the very first appearnce in a movie by 15 year
old, and completely unknown Clara Bow in a small part.
"Down to the Sea in Ships"
Netflix has it. It's 2 Movies on one DVD. The other movie was Clara
Bows first "starring role" - "Parisian Love"
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