Whaling was once an important industry across the world, providing large quantities of meat, oil, and bone. In this industry, no ship was as famous as the Charles W. Morgan, reproduced here as the Charles W. Morgan Model Ship. The original ship, launched in 1841, is the oldest surviving merchant vessel in the world. This model mimics the actual ship in build and form, all the way down to color. The individual planks that make up the hull, the populated deck, the metal anchors with rudder chains, and the heavy canvas sails make this model an item of almost peerless quality. As a long-sailing, hard-working New England whaling ship, the Charles Morgan holds a proud place in American maritime history. With the production of the Charles W. Morgan Model Ship, it makes a wonderful display piece for any office, home, or boat cabin.
Key Features This is NOT a Kit - Comes Fully Assembled Handcrafted via the Plank-on-Frame Method of Construction Crafted from cherry, birch, maple, and rosewood Features Masterfully Stitched Canvas Sails Rests Perfectly on a Wooden Base Featuring Four Arched Dolphins (Marble Base Pictured Above) Model Made using Quality Resources, such as Drawings, Photographs, and Copies of the Plans of the Original Ship Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Measurements Overall Length: 32 Inches Overall Width: 9 Inches Overall Height: 25 Inches Overall Scale: 1:42
A Brief History of the Charles W. Morgan
In the 1840s, a Quaker whaling merchant named Charles W. Morgan ordered a whaleship from the shipbuilders Jethro and Zachariah Hillman of Massachusetts. Its maiden voyage began in 1841 when she sailed around Cape Horn and cruised the Pacific Ocean. She returned with 2,400 barrels of whale oil and 10,000 lbs of baleen, which was worth around 56,000 USD. In her 80 years of service, she would make 37 voyages ranging in length from nine months to five years. The Charles W. Morgan, in total, brought home 54,483 barrels of whale oil and 152,934 pounds of whalebone.
On the night of June 30, 1924, the Charles W. Morgan caught fire when the flaming wreck of another steamer collided with it. Badly charred, the Morgan narrowly escaped destruction.
In 1977, Morgan was designated a National Historic Landmark. She is the oldest whaler and commercial vessel surviving in America.