Wooden Whaleship Restored

Shipwrights have installed the last plank in the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship of the 19th century housed in Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. The wooden ship that began its 80-year career hunting whales with an Edgartown whaling captain, Thomas A. Norton, and many Vineyard crewmembers, is undergoing a $5 million restoration.

Last Friday afternoon shipwrights installed the shutter plank on the 106-foot vessel, which is expected to sail again in 2014.

Tomorrow, the Mystic Seaport Museum will celebate the 70th anniversary of the Morgan’s arrival from New Bedford. Nantucket historian and author Nathaniel Philbrick will be the featured speaker at 1 p.m.

For more information on the Morgan project, go to sailthemorgan.org.