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Mystic Seaport adds to its fundraising team

Matthew P. Stackpole has been named as a major gifts officer at Mystic Seaport.

Stackpole, the former executive director of the Martha’s VineyardMuseum, will focus his initial efforts on raising support on a national scale for the museum’s upcoming restoration of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. A three-year, multi-million dollar restoration of the vessel is set to begin in the fall.

Stackpole has a unique familiarity with Mystic Seaport. When he was just 7, his father became curator of the museum, and Matt and his family lived on museum grounds.

“Mystic Seaport has been a part of my life since my youngest days,” Stackpole says. “For a time in my youth, I woke up every day and had a view of the Charles W. Morgan from my bedroom. The grounds were our playground.”

The Charles W. Morgan is the last wooden whaleship in the world. Built in 1841 in New Bedford, Mass., she whaled profitably for 80 years. The Morgan arrived at Mystic Seaport in 1941 and was designated a National Historic Landmark 25 years later.