A Whaling Ship Reimagined

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - America's oldest commercial vessel and national historic landmark, the Charles W. Morgan, sits in dry dock before being set afloat in Mystic Seaport. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – America’s oldest commercial vessel and national historic landmark, the Charles W. Morgan, sits in dry dock before being set afloat in Mystic Seaport. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com



2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Head Rigger Matthew Otto guides a bell to the deck of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan before it is set afloat at Mystic Seaport. A multi-million dollar restoration has been underway for five years on the Morgan, a national historic landmark andAmerica's oldest surviving commercial vessel.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Head Rigger Matthew Otto guides a bell to the deck of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan before it is set afloat at Mystic Seaport. A multi-million dollar restoration has been underway for five years on the Morgan, a national historic landmark andAmerica’s oldest surviving commercial vessel. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - The rudder of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan sits above water before being set afloat at Mystic Seaport. A mutli-million dollar restoration has been underway for five years on the Morgan, a national historic landmark andAmerica's oldest surviving commercial vessel.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – The rudder of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan sits above water before being set afloat at Mystic Seaport. A mutli-million dollar restoration has been underway for five years on the Morgan, a national historic landmark andAmerica’s oldest surviving commercial vessel. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Maine Maritime Academy students (L-R) John Emmet of North Haven and Susannah Winder of Melrose, MA, sit along the bowsprit of the Belle Aventure from London, England, watching the Charles W. Morgan before it is set afloat in Mystic Seaport. A multi-million dollar restoration has been underway for five years on the Morgan, a national historic landmark andAmerica's oldest surviving commercial vessel.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Maine Maritime Academy students (L-R) John Emmet of North Haven and Susannah Winder of Melrose, MA, sit along the bowsprit of the Belle Aventure from London, England, watching the Charles W. Morgan before it is set afloat in Mystic Seaport. A multi-million dollar restoration has been underway for five years on the Morgan, a national historic landmark andAmerica’s oldest surviving commercial vessel. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Wearing a knife and spike sailor's rig he uses to set sail on the ships around Mystic Seaport, staff member Jason Hine stands by the Charles W. Morgan before the whaleship was set afloat. A multi-million dollar restoration project lasting five years has been underway on the Morgan, America's oldest commercial vessel and a national historic landmark. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Wearing a knife-and-spike sailor’s rig he uses to set sail on the ships around Mystic Seaport, staff member Jason Hine stands by the Charles W. Morgan before the whaleship was set afloat. A multi-million dollar restoration project lasting five years has been underway on the Morgan, America’s oldest commercial vessel and a national historic landmark. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Governor Dannel Malloy (L-R) and Mystic Seaport President Stephen White share a laugh under the bow of the Charles Morgan before it is set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Governor Dannel Malloy (L-R) and Mystic Seaport President Stephen White share a laugh under the bow of the Charles Morgan before it is set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Mystic Seaport staff, including Dean Seder (far right) stand in silence near the hull of the Charles Morgan during the National Anthem and before the ship was set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Mystic Seaport staff, including Dean Seder (far right) stand in silence near the hull of the Charles Morgan during the National Anthem and before the ship was set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - A large crowd of people, including actor Michael Douglas (front in green shirt) listen during speeches at Mystic Seaport before the Charles Morgan is set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – A large crowd of people, including actor Michael Douglas (front in green shirt) listen during speeches at Mystic Seaport before the Charles Morgan is set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - 17-month old Emma Cabral examines a freshly milled mast for the Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest surviving commercial vessel and a national historic landmark. When installed the mast will rise 110-feet from the ship's deck. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – 17-month old Emma Cabral examines a freshly milled mast for the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest surviving commercial vessel and a national historic landmark. When installed the mast will rise 110-feet from the ship’s deck. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Crowds gather by land and by sea around the Mystic Seport to watch the launch of the Charles W. Morgan. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Crowds gather by land and by sea around the Mystic Seport to watch the launch of the Charles W. Morgan. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Using a bottle filed with water from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, upon which the Charles W. Morgan sailed for 80-years, Charles W. Morgan descendant Sarah Bullard christens the ship with (from left) Matthew Stackpole and Quentin Snediker. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Using a bottle filed with water from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, upon which the Charles W. Morgan sailed for 80-years, Charles W. Morgan descendant Sarah Bullard christens the ship with (from left) Matthew Stackpole and Quentin Snediker. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - As the Charles W. Morgan is set afloat and her ropes loosen, Robert Long of Mystic Seaport coils the slack. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – As the Charles W. Morgan is set afloat and her ropes loosen, Robert Long of Mystic Seaport coils the slack. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - A Mystic Fire Department ship sprays colored water after the Charles Morgan is set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – A Mystic Fire Department ship sprays colored water after the Charles Morgan is set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Artist April Kelly, of New York, covers her ears on the deck of the Charles W. Morgan as a tiny canon is fired to signal the Charles W. Morgan has been set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Artist April Kelly, of New York, covers her ears on the deck of the Charles W. Morgan as a tiny canon is fired to signal the Charles W. Morgan has been set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Nick Canzellarini of Mystic Seaport covers his ears while firing a canon to celebrate that the Charles W. Morgan has been set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Nick Canzellarini of Mystic Seaport covers his ears while firing a canon to celebrate that the Charles W. Morgan has been set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Artist April Kelly, of New York, exits the Charles W. Morgan after being set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Artist April Kelly, of New York, exits the Charles W. Morgan after being set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 - Mystic, CT - Crowds gather around the bow of the Charles Morgan after America's oldest commercial vessel and national historic landmark whaleship Charles W. Morgan was set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.07.21 – Mystic, CT – Crowds gather around the bow of the Charles W.Morgan after America’s oldest commercial vessel and the national historic landmark was set afloat. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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