Plank being delivered for pre-installation. Photo/Mystic Seaport/ Evelyn Ansel. The 4-year effort to restore the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan reached a milestone Friday afternoon [May 10] as the last plank was wedged into the hull of the 172-year-old vessel.

More than 200 Mystic Seaport employees and spectators gathered in the museum shipyard to watch workers remove a 20’-long piece of yellow pine from a steam box that keeps the wood flexible. A forklift brought the plank up to scaffolding about 15’ off the ground, where 8 workers then carried the board to the last remaining opening and wedged and pounded it into place.

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