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The Charles W. Morgan
(circa 1840 AD)
(circa 1990 AD for model)

 

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The
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Click here for larger image of The Charles W. Morgan, Built by Ralph W. Preston

The
 completed
 project

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800 Pixels  
2,910 Pixels

This model was built by Ralph W. Preston over a period of 13 years, consuming about 8,000 hours. The bottle, of Corning's Pyrex, has a capacity of 72 liters (about 19 US gallons) and has a diameter of 22 inches.

The model of the Charles W. Morgan ship was purchased by The German Technical Museum in Berlin, for an undisclosed sum [formerly the Museum for Transportation and Technology]. The model is insured for slightly under $80,000 (US). It has 11 figurines, 7 whaleboats, and a full suit of sails.

The Morgan - Detail
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Detail of one of the Charles W. Morgan seven whaleboats, with equipment for hunting whales. The thumbnail indicates scale.

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In the anchor deck with the narrator, Ishmael, who surveys the scene. The figurines are about about 9/16 inch high (about 15mm). The temptation to name the figurines after characters in Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick was too great to resist.

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Detail of Bulkington figurine.

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The waist of the Charles W. Morgan model with crew members, Queequeeg, Daggoo, and Tashtego, left to right. In the immediate foreground is the cutting stage.

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Detail of figurines Tashtego and Daggoo (left to right).   The thumbnail indicates scale.

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The lookout yells: "Thar she blows!"  He is aloft on the incomplete model.

 

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Built by Ralph W. Preston.
Photo by Ralph W. Preston.

 


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