An inside look at the restoration of Mystic Seaport’s whaleship Charles W. Morgan. An inside look because this is not public access space on the ship. We were fortunate to be invited up a ladder and through access cut in the hull for a look at the restoration work.
Also an inside look because this view shows the interior planking work underway. The planks are 3″ yellow pine – quite remarkable material to find these days. Seems a quail farm in Georgia periodically cuts old growth pine to pay real estate taxes. When the interior planking is complete the hull’s exterior planking will also be replaced. In a couple years the restoration will be complete so the Charles W. Morgan will go sailing – to show off the restoration and, of course, to raise money.

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