Students Help Recreate a Piece of Boating History
Students at the Apprenticeshop Boat Building School are putting their heart and soul into the water. Since August, they’ve been constructing a 29 foot Leonard Boatshop Whale Boat. Now, the finished product is heading to Connecticut. Project Leader Timothy Jacobus said, “It’s going to be great for the school, great for us, it’s gonna be great for Mystic. Just a great conclusion to the build.” This boat is part of Mystic Seaport’s restoration of the Charles W. Morgan – the last remaining wooden whale ship in the world.The school is one of seven in the country taking part in the project. Executive Director of the school, Margaret Macleod said, “It’s quite a feather in the hat of the Apprenticeshop to be able to do that.” Matthew Stackpole, a ship historian, has been looking forward to his ride around the bay. “Having a chance to row it and feel that vessel move, having seen her in construction, is just thrilling.” The builders and the whale boat will make the journey to Mystic at the end of the month.