CHARLES W. MORGAN (left)
Scrimshaw on a 27” (68.5 cm) tall tagged
(legal) walrus tusk
First Place Award Scrimshaw, Third Annual International Maritime Art Awards Show, 1982,
Mystic Seaport, CT, USA
A somewhat idealized double portrait of Mystic Seaport’s greatest treasure, the whaler CHARHLES W. MORGAN built in 1841, is shown as she appeared at two stages in her career.
After her last working voyage in 1921 the MORGAN was rerigged as she was thought to have appeared early in her career with ship rig, single topsails and the painted faux gunports characteristic to merchantmen and whalers during much of the 19 th century.
The reverse shows as she looks today, a bark with split topsails and the plain topsides typical of whalers in the latter years of sailing whalers.
On display at Scrimshaw Gallery, Sausalito, CA
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