For the first time in 90 years, Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT) is looking for a captain for it’s whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan. The ship has been undergoing a restoration over the past four years. She’s sea-worthy now and the Mystic Seaport is looking for an able captain to take command. From WTNH:
The ideal skipper for the 172-year-old whaleship will have experience with large square rig vessels, but will also be comfortable being the public face of the historic ship. In May the Charles W. Morgan is expected to set sail on a two-month tour taking it to New London, Newport, New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown, and Boston. It’s first voyage since 1921.
They also need a whole crew for the Charles W. Morgan.
The Charles W. Morgan is the “crown jewel” of the Mystic Seaport collection and has outlived all others of her kind. During her 80-year whaling career, the Morgan escaped cannibals and Confederate raiders, and avoided entrapment in the frozen Arctic. In 37 whaling voyages between 1841 and 1921 she survived fire, storms, Cape Horn roundings and, after she finished her whaling career, even the Hurricane of 1938.
The Morgan was launched on July 21, 1841 from the yard of Jethro and Zachariah Hillman in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She typically sailed with a crew of about 35, representing sailors from around the world. The whaleship measures 113 feet, with a 27-foot 6-inch beam and depth of 17 feet 6 inches. Her main truck is 110 feet above the deck; fully-rigged, and she is capable of carrying approximately 13,000 square feet of sail. The huge try-pots used for converting blubber into whale oil are forward; below are the cramped quarters in which her officers and men lived.
I mean… I helped sail the Fame once during a harbor cruise once. And I’m a great fencer to fight off pirates. Does that make me captain material?