A New Idea-Doing Things the Old Way
Carl Curler ac Myscic, having regrecfully given up che choughc of saving che wooden full-ri gged ship Benjamin F.
Packard, curned ch en ro che disrressed Morgan and his cruscees agreed at lengch ro rake her on,
litde knowing-as who could?- the huge costs and immense rewards she would bring to their Marine Histo ri cal Association.
GREASY LUCK FOR THE CHARLES W MORGAN She slipped qui edy up river into Mystic in December 1941,
just befo re Pearl Harbor-a passage thac would neve Thave been undertaken in the wartime co nditions chat thereafter prevailed across America.
Sirring with rocks in her lower hold, her keel in rhe sand, ch e Morgan made Myscic. Eve n during ch e war, visitacion grew sceadily.
Afterward ir rook off, a seapon vill age grew up around rhe vessel, ocher vessels joined her.
We would now find, and some found ac the cime, as peers of the desire simply to put on a good show in all this development,
some of whi ch has subseq uently been quietly und one.
Bur the Morgan remained real in her bones, and people came to Mystic for that real presence from another age.
How, under the new philosophy, would the Morgan sail rhe seas of time? There was scant experience in this country of permanent preservation of a wooden ship her size,
outside rh e periodically rebuilt Constitution and Constellation.
Johnsto n went ro Europe, where prevailing sentiment indicated compl etely dry storage, as rhe Cutty Sark at G reenwich and the Victory at Portsmouth are kept,
or totally enclosed, as in rhe case of rhe Vasa and the Fram in Scandinavia.
An impressive array of arguments came back with him in his briefcase. Bur Johnsto n had ro dig deeper.
Wood preserva rio nisrs were called in ro assist in studi es, engineers were co nsulted.
Showmanship indicated the simple, superficially most economical solution, one thar would visually present the ship to the public quire cheaply for decades.
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