The Charles W. Morgan Whale Ship was successfully launched on July 21, 2013. Next she will be rigged with spars and sails. Her 38th voyage (the first voyage since its restoration) is scheduled for May of 2014 and will travel throughout New England. She will be adorned with 6 newly built whaleboats, one of which (front and center) was built by the GLBBS class of 2013. Well Done!
1st & 2nd year classes of 2013 enjoy the biggest and most exciting graduation in the history of GLBBS; the keystone being the launching of the whale boat they had built for the Charles W. Morgan whaling ship at Mystic Seaport Museum. More than 150 guests attended the 11:00 a.m. program on Friday, June 7th, followed by lunch then viewings and rides in the whaleboat and the 2nd-year class's project, the one-of-a-kind Rescue Minor. Matthew and Martha Stackpole from Mystic Seaport Museum were honored, with Matthew serving as guest speaker. It was a glorious day! (Photos courtesy of Kees Prins.)
The Great Lakes Boat Building School has attracted some media attention this Spring. Give the following articles a read:
- mLIVE 2013-05-03 - Building a whaleboat: Student tackle unusual pursuit at unusual school
- Points East magazine Editor's Page - April 2013 - Build It and They Will Bond
- Classic Yacht magazine - March/April 2013 article
- St Ignace News 2013-03-21 - New Study Show School Is Economic Engine for Area
- St Ignace News 2013-03-21 - Traditional American Craft Revived at Boat Building School