19th century whaling ship needs captain

Captain sought for MYSTIC, Conn. — Only experienced mariners need apply.

Mystic Seaport is looking for the first captain in more than 90 years for the historic whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan. The Connecticut maritime museum has been restoring the 172-year-old wooden ship, preparing it to sail across New England next summer.

The Day of New London reports that seaport officials said job candidates must be experienced mariners and also be comfortable with the public because of the media attention and crowds the ship will attract during its three-month trip.

“They have to be absolutely qualified to manage this artifact, which has national and international importance,” said Dana Hewson, the museum’s vice president for Watercraft Preservation and Programs. “They also have to embrace the role of the public nature of this endeavor.”

Applicants must have a 500-ton Near Coastal Master license and 10 years of command experience on traditional sailing vessels with extensive knowledge in square-rig sailing. The job could require the captain to work with the media, passengers and governors of the states the ship is visiting.

Qualifications limit the size of the pool of candidates, Hewson said.

“It’s a relatively small world, so it’s certainly been known in the field that we’d be doing this,” he said.

The Morgan’s last voyage ended in 1921 and is the world’s only surviving wooden whaling ship.

The ship, which was launched by Mystic Seaport in July, will visit ports in Boston, New Bedford, New London, Newport and Provincetown next year. Organizers and scientists say one of its most important destinations will be Stellwagen Bank off Boston, which had been a hunting ground for whales and is now a refuge.

The Morgan will sail with a mission to raise public awareness of the importance of protecting the oceans and its species and of whale watching as a sustainable business.

Hewson said the museum hopes to announce the new captain in the next two or three months. The captain will be involved in the fitting out of the ship next spring and the job will end once the voyage is completed in August 2014.

Mystic Seaport would not disclose the salary.

More in Local News

Bicycle tour raises money for dialysis patients

Volunteers also shared health information and put together care packages for homeless women.

Elderly couple escape serious injuries in crash with train

The driver drove down tracks instead of a road, hitting a slow-moving train near Stanwood.

Expect river levels to keep rising, though sun is on the way

Some could crest above minor and moderate flood levels.

Arrests made in robbery-turned fatal Everett shooting

A man, 24, and woman, 18, were found at a hotel in Seattle.

Boeing reaches out to schools

Company employees helped Everett students at recent reading and Manufacturing Day events.

5-vehicle collision sends school bus into ditch; no injuries

No students were hurt when a school bus crashed into… Continue reading

Fire crew returns early from wildfires in Northern California

Four Everett firefighters returned from battling California wildfires late Thursday… Continue reading

Theft lands former insurance salesman 50 days in jail

A former insurance salesman is expected to report to jail… Continue reading

Pair of intrepid musicians climb N. Cascades summits to play

Rose Freeman and Anastasia Allison pack their instruments up mountains for high-altitude recitals.

Most Read