Gannon & Benjamin Launches New Whaleboat

Photo/Video capture. With a whoop and a holler, and a good deal of grunting, a crowd of smiling boat enthusiasts hoisted a replica whaleboat out of the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway boat shed Saturday afternoon, hauled it down to the water, and after an impromptu outfitting with oars, shoved her off into Vineyard Haven Harbor.

Six months in the building, the historically authentic whaleboat will go aboard the Charles W. Morgan, a 19th-century whaling ship with Martha’s Vineyard connections from stem to stern.

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