Visiting the Charles W. Morgan
September 3, 2011
East Hampton Star editor David Rattay has an interesting editorial on taking his kids to visit the Charles W. Morgan, the grand whaling ship currently being restored at the Mystic seaport. Here’s an excerpt:
“My family had a chance to see the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in existence, at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut last weekend. We had been to New Hampshire to pick up Adelia, our oldest child, at camp, and made our way back to the New London ferry by way of a water park, a visit to the college I went to, an amusement park, the Mystic Aquarium, and the Seaport.
“I did not think about the personal significance of the old hulk until we were there, but it dawned on me that the Morgan was about as close as my kids were going to get to the life that their East Hampton ancestors knew. And this is true not just for us, but for quite a number of South and North Fork families whose forebears went to distant seas as whalemen.”