Independence Seaport Museum Whaleboat Project

Honored to be a part of a national whaleboat project for the Charles W. Morgan, Independence Seaport Museum will contribute two whaleboats to swing from the Morgan's davits on her 38th voyage to several ports in New England in 2014. The project leader is Workshop on the Water Manager Bruce Mackenzie. Workshop employees Jeff Huffenberger, Newt Kirkland and Jeff Chelf, along with many Workshop volunteers, are assisting with the project. Director of Interpretation Nick Pagon facilitiates hands on lessons for the approximately 50 students from The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Charter High School for Architecture and Design and UrbanPromise as they work on both whaleboats. 

The first whaleboat hull was completed in December 2012 and The Workshop on the Water finished working on the centerboard box and other equipment such as oars, harpoon rack and cleats. Currently, the whaleboat is almost finished caulking and paying the seams. The second whaleboat is fully planked and the inwales are going on next followed by the ribs and centerboard box, which is projected to be completed by June 2013.

Both whaleboats will be sent up to Mystic Seaport, CT to accompany the Morgan

See photos of the progress of the two whaleboats.

Join us for a Boat Launch & Cocktail Fundraiser on June 8, 2013 from
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Independence Seaport Museum. Funds raised at Launching the Fleet will support The Whaleboat Project.

About Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum maintains one of the largest maritime collections in North America, combining more than 25,000 artifacts with hands-on exhibits and large-scale models. In addition to exhibits, the Museum has a boat shop, the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library and a concert hall with sound stage quality acoustics. The Museum also includes two National Historic Landmark ships—the Spanish-American War Cruiser, Olympia, and the World War II Submarine Becuna. Located at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing Waterfront, the museum is open year round.