Seaport gets grant to document work on the Charles W. Morgan

Erica Jacobson

A grant for almost $143,000 will develop an exhibition documenting the three-year restoration of the 1841 whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan, at the Mystic Seaport Museum, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn. 2nd District, announced Friday.

The presentation, "Restoring an Icon: The Charles W. Morgan," will provide a cell-phone audio tour, hands-on exhibits as well as live interpretation to tell the story of working on the last remaining whaler. The museum considers the ship, a designated National Historic Landmark, to be the cornerstone of its collection.

Courtney lobbied for the $142,801 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Service's Museums for America program.

"The Mystic Seaport Museum is far more than a rich collection of our seafaring traditions, but it is also an integral part of our region's economic engine," he said in a statement. "This grant is well deserved and will benefit the many thousands of visitors to our region in the future.”

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