Recording the Original Hull Fasteners of the Charles W. Morgan
Author(s): Susana C Vallejos Arenas
The Charles W. Morgan is the oldest American commercial wooden square rigged vessel and the last surviving wooden whaleship still afloat. This intact historical vessel was launched in 1841 in New Bedford, MA, and is now preserved at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT, USA. Since arriving at Mystic Seaport in 1941, the Morgan has undergone two major rebuildings - from the waterline up initially, as she was placed in a sand bed shortly after her arrival. This third restoration will renew areas of the vessel from the waterline down to below the turn of the bildge, including parts that have not been replaced since construction. With the removal of the remaining original hull timbers the original hull fasteners exterior position could be recorded using a totalstation and the collected data used to create a 3D model of their position. This paper discusses the applied methodology and findings.
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Recording the Original Hull Fasteners of the Charles W. Morgan. Susana C Vallejos Arenas. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428709)
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