Friday, May 10, 2013

MHA to Host Talk on Last Sail-Powered Whaling Ship in the World

On June 5, 2013, Maritime Heritage Alliance will welcome Matthew Stackpole, who will speak on the past, present, and future of the Charles W. Morgan, the oldest U.S. commercial sailing ship and the last sail-driven whaling ship in the world.

The Charles W. Morgan was built in 1841 in New Bedford, MA and has been in Mystic Seaport, CT since 1941, following an 80-year whaling career. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

Matthew Stackpole, a Nantucket native, is the whaling ship’s historian for the massive restoration project
that will culminate in the re-launching of the vessel at Mystic Seaport on July 21, 2013. An accomplished
sailor, Stackpole spent time as a rigger, a first mate on the schooner Shenandoah, and a charter schooner
owner and captain of the Concordia-built schooner Mya. He is a former Executive Director of the Martha’s
Vineyard Museum.

Maritime Heritage Alliance is proud to be part of the collaborative efforts to restore the historic vessel to
seaworthy condition. MHA’s volunteer shipwrights are constructing the spars that will be installed on a
whaleboat that is being built at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, MI. Oars for the boat
are being constructed by the Michigan Maritime Museum Traditional Small Craft Association in South
Haven, MI.

Sailors and history buffs alike will enjoy Stackpole’s presentation, which will include a slide presentation
detailing the Charles W. Morgan restoration project.

A reception for Matthew Stackpole and his wife, Martha, will immediately follow the presentation, and
refreshments of a seafaring nature will be served. Tours of the Maritime Heritage Alliance facilities at the
Great Lakes Discovery Campus, 13268 West Bayshore Drive, Traverse City and MHA boats, including the schooner Madeline, will be available.

Reservations are required, due to limited seating. Please call the Maritime Heritage Alliance at 231-946-
2647 to reserve your seat or email A donation of $10 at the door is
suggested. For further information contact Frank Clements at

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