Final Plank to be Installed on Morgan Whaleship

Charles W. Morgan / Wikipedia

The final plank will be installed on the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut.

This plank is known as the “shutter” plank, as it “shuts in” and completes the hull. This is a significant milestone in the 5-year restoration of the National Historic Landmark vessel and the last major phase of the work prior to her launch on July 21, 2013.

The 20’ plank will be removed from a steam box used to heat the wood to make it flexible. The shipwrights will then lift the plank into position on the side of the ship, wedge it into position, and fasten it to the hull. The process should take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

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