John Stobart at Principle Gallery: Whaling Bark, Charles W. Morgan
by John Stobart
oil on canvas
(source: Principle Gallery Newsletter)
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On view at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA
Charles W. Morgan is an American whaling ship whose active service period was during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Built in 1841, ships of this type were usually used to harvest the blubber of whales for whale oil, which was commonly used in lamps. The ship has served as a museum ship since the 1940s, and is now an exhibit at the Mystic Seaport museum (Mystic, CT). She is the world's oldest surviving merchant vessel, and the only surviving wooden whaling ship from the 19th century American merchant fleet.