A Forum for Discussions among Voyagers and Others related to the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan
From: Anne DiMonti
Date: 2014 Jul 7, 19:57 -0700
Like the rest of you, I have been fascinating to see your thoughts on this subject. I don’t think of the Morgan as bits and pieces made up over the years since 1841. As a sailor, I can tell you there is not a boat that has ever existed that has not been adjusted, repaired or renovated at least a dozen of times since its keel first touched the water.
A ship is not the materials she is made of, rather what she means to those that sail on her. For those of us with a connection to the sea, a ship has a “soul” and becomes a living thing. The sailors out there know what I mean. We name them, care for them, fight with them when they cause problems, call them “she” and look forward to escaping with them when we can. This has not changed since 1841.
I think we can all agree the Morgan has a deep soul that goes beyond her newest planks. That why we are all so honored to be part of this great adventure.
With that said, I have actually had the honor of touching the Morgan’s original keel while she was undergoing renovations and still in dry, dock. It was humbling to think of the decades of journeys that piece of wood has taken around the world.