Restored 1841 whaler Charles W Morgan makes her first trip in over 70 years

Maine-built 1841 whaling ship Charles W Morgan has been towed down river from Mystic Seaport, where she has been kept since 1941, to New London. Read all about her story and find many more photos here. Happily over the last five years she has been restored at Mystic’s Henry B. du Pont Preservation Shipyard. At New […]

Orkney dinghy cruiser Mark Shiner’s Arctic Whaler in the limelight

Mark Shiner and Arctic Whaler Mark Shiner of Orkney has written to tell me that his cruising dinghy Arctic Whaler is having a definite 15 minutes of fame. It doesn’t happen like this to many small boats! It all began when he took his poet, novelist and musician friend Andrew Greig sailing to the abandoned […]

A love song about the Montagu whaler

Montagu whaler – a boat type that inspires a deep affection among some of those who have known them well There’s a song about everything in my experience, and I’m not shy about reminding folks of this important cultural fact. I find they nod and smile, and pull expressions that show they think I’m being […]