Yesterday, Grace and I left a little early from work to head over to the Charlestown Navy Yard. Currently, there is a unique opportunity to see the oldest commercial vessel in the nation, the Charles W. Morgan, and the oldest naval vessel in the nation, the USS Constitution, side-by-side. The Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining member of an American whaling fleet that once numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat – only the USS Constitution is older.
The USS Constitution – oldest American naval vessel
The Charles W. Morgan – oldest American commercial vessel
Over an 80-year whaling career between 1841 and 1921, she went on 37 whaling voyages, most lasting three years or more. She roamed every corner of the globe in her pursuit of whales and is known as a “lucky ship,” having successfully navigated crushing Arctic ice, hostile natives, countless storms, and sailing around the treacherous seas of Cape Horn. On board there were containers for the whale oil to burn, located in the center of the ship to heat and store the precious cargo, centrally. The Charles W. Morgan is visiting Boston to spread knowledge about whaling culture and to engage communities with their maritime heritage, raising awareness about the changing perception on whales and whaling. While aboard the crew was all strapped in to the masts, setting the sails. Your imagination could take you back to what it would have been like to be aboard a ship – with crew members always busy and the voyages long and hard. During our trip to Longfellow, we learned that the way American literature was going to survive or connect to Americans would be write American tales and stories. Moby Dick was cited as one of those great American classics written by Herman Melville. And being aboard the oldest commercial whaling vessel – the literary and historic threads were connected. Boston has amazing opportunity to learn about sea culture and maritime trade .
This week in the office I have been continuing to organize all the site maps and vegetation tables – inserting the sizes of the tree canopies into AutoCAD based on the scale of the tree to visually represent the landscape character. Once all the vegetation sizings, fence lines, and building footprints are in and correct, it will be time to render the plan for the existing conditions map. Although, I am taking some time off coming up in the next week or so to celebrate my birthday and my niece’s birthday with friends and family back in Virginia, so the work will be paused and continued again soon.