The Charles W. Morgan hasn’t sailed in almost a century, but shipwrights at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut have been mighty busy these last six years working to change that.
Starting from the inside of the 173-year-old, 113-foot ship, which has a 27.5-foot beam, 280 individual futtocks were reframed and the ceiling was replaced with yellow pine planks. About 60 percent of her exterior planking is now new.
Quentin Snediker, the shipyard director at the museum, sums up the massive amount of work on this historic treasure in a new video.
An estimated 550,000 to 600,000 hours of labor will have been invested in restoring the Morgan by the time she is launched for her historic 38th voyage this summer. Look for a feature on the trip in Soundings this summer.