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Charles W. Morgan under restoration

From November 2008, when the ship was lifted from the waters of the Mystic river until the installation of the final "Shutter" plank on May 10, 2013, shipwrights and riggers at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation shipyard replaced 280 frame futtocks, installed 70 new ceiling planks and replaced 168 hull planks to make the ship ready to sail in the summer of 2014.

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Shipwrights Rob Whalen, top, and Rick Ramenda examine the frames of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard after removing a sealing plank from the interior of the hold Mon. Sept. 28, 2009. The seaport's board of trustees announced today that a plan has been approved to expand the current restoration project to include bringing the ship up to sailing capabilities.

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Mystic Seaport shipwright Rick Ramenda carries a newly fashioned section of frame to be installed in the hull of the Charles W. Morgan Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

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Mystic Seaport shipwrights work inside the hull of the Charles W. Morgan Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

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Mystic Seaport shipwrights Rick Ramenda and Chris Taylor fit newly fashioned sections of frame into the hull of the Charles W. Morgan Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

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State Comptroller Nancy Wyman, second from left, candidate for the Democratic party Lt. Gov. nomination, and Dan Malloy, candidate for the Democratic party nomination for governor, right, view the whale ship Charles W. Morgan with Mystic Seaport president Steven White, left, Monday, July 19, 2010 as they visit the region to talk about tourism.

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Shipwrights Dean Seder, left, and james Wright, guide a timber through the sawmill at the H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport for the ongoing restoration of the whale ship Charles W. Morgan Monday, July 19, 2010.

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Shipwright Maggie Wright works on the working surface beneath the whaleship Charles W. Morgan at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard in preparation for installation of the first of the new hull planks on the Morgan Tuesday, February 21, 2012. The 36-foot long, 14-inch wide and 4-inch thick longleaf yellow pine plank was milled in the shipyard and steamed for 3-hours to soften it before being installed. Shipwrights expect to install a new plank every few days for some time before stepping-up the process until the hull is fully sheathed. The $7 million project is on schedule to re-launch her on July 21, 2013, the 172nd anniversary of her first trip down the ways in 1841. Mystic Seaport will return the Morgan to sea for a ceremonial 38th Voyage to historic ports on the East Coast in the late spring and summer of 2014.

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Shipwrights and other workers at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard work install the first of the new hull planks on the whale ship Charles W. Morgan Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

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Shipwrights and other workers at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard work install the first of the new hull planks on the whale ship Charles W. Morgan Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

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Shipwright Rob Whalen hammers a spike into the butt-end of a plank on the hull of the Charles W. Morgan at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard work on the whaleship Charles W. Morgan Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

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John Day, a shipwright at the H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport in Stonington, installs a "hanging knee" structural support in the hold of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan Thursday, October 11, 2012.

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Workers at the Mystic Seaport H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard install a new hull plank on the port side of the 19th century whaleship as part of the five-year restoration project Friday, February 1, 2013 in Stonington.

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Shipwright Shelly Larsen hammers trunnels. continue work on the whaleship Charles W. Morgan at the H.B duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

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Shipwright Walter Ansel fairs a newly installed plank on the stern of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan at the H.B duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

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Shipwright Chris Taylor takes measurements for fitting a plank at the Mystic Seaport H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard continue work on the 19th century whaleship Charles W. Morgan as part of the five-year restoration project Monday, April 29, 2013 in Stonington.

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The 19th century whaleship Charles W. Morgan is shrouded in plastic as part of the five-year restoration project Monday, April 29, 2013 in Stonington.

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Shipwright Ali Mitchell re-braids her hair as she and other shipwrights at the Mystic Seaport H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard continue work on the 19th century whaleship Charles W. Morgan as part of the five-year restoration project Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in Stonington.

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Shipwrights at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard carry the final "Shutter" plank to the steam box to soften it before installation on the port side hull of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan Friday, May 10, 2013. .

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Shipwrights at the Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard move the final "Shutter" plank into position on the port side hull of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan for installation Friday, May 10, 2013.