Mystic Seaport Honored for Morgan Restoration Work


The National Trust for Historic Preservation has presented its Driehaus Preservation Award to the Charles W. Morgan whaleship of Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. The project is one of 11 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2016 PastForward National Preservation Conference.

“The restoration of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan recaptured the art of wooden shipbuilding and preserved it for a new generation of shipwrights,” the NTHP wrote in a press release. “Almost 100 years after her worldwide working career ended, the newly restored ship took a triumphant voyage to 6 historic New England ports in 2014.”

Owned by Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, the Morgan is the second oldest American ship afloat and the world’s only surviving wooden whaleship. Today, she is a National Historic Landmark.