Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Whale Boats

Mystic, CT

No whaling ship would think of going on a voyage without a contingent of whale boats like the ones shown here.  The Charles W Morgan would have normally carried seven such whale boats on board.  To accompany her on her 38th Voyage, Mystic Seaport commissioned the construction of 10 whale boats from 10 different wooden boat makers from around the country.  All were made to the exact same specifications and were delivered to the seaport last summer.  They were rowed behind the Morgan  as she made her way down the Mystic River out to Long Island Sound.  No, they were not rowed all the way to New London, only to the mouth of the river from where they were loaded onto another boat and transported to New London.  Each of the 10 whale boats will spend some time on board the Morgan during the voyage.


  1. They are sleek looking boats. I went to Mystic Seaport as a kid when I was in 5th grade, about 49 years ago. It might be time for a followup visit.

  2. The whale boats look like great fun to row. Must have been quite a sight with all ten of them in the water.