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Charles W. Morgan Update

Charles W Morgan at Round Hill, by Clifford Ashley. From NBWM - Kendall Collection

The repairing of a whaleship was once a daily occurrence in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Now it  is such a rare event that it’s worthy of print and video stories, as reported by Sharma Howard of the Norwich Bulletin.

The Charles W. Morgan, the centerpiece of Mystic Seaport’s exhibits, is undergoing a major restoration.  Although this is still a sore subject for some area residents, it is good to know that the ship is well cared for and will be sailing once again.

Locally and someday soon we hope the same can happen for the schooner Ernestina.

Crossing the Bar

James Wahnon Jr. passed away in New Bedford August 2, 2009. After a long career in the merchant marine, he volunteered for many years at the New Bedford Whaling Museum as the shipkeeper for the half-scale model ship Lagoda.

Photo of James Wahnon from the Spring 1989 issue of The Bulletin from Johnny Cake Hill

Mr. Wahnon from the Spring 1989 issue of The Bulletin from Johnny Cake Hill

Obituary published in The Standard Times Newspaper on 8/3/09.