Inside State Pier during visit of Charles W. Morgan. The Kids’ Zone is visible behind the whaleboat. Photo by Arthur Motta/NBWM.
As the weather gets warmer, we apprentices are preparing for the busy summer ahead. I personally am so excited to see what the season will bring. At the moment we are getting ready for the Cape Verdean Parade. I remember what a blast last year’s parade was and I hope that this one is just as successful. The Charles W. Morgan is currently in the New Bedford Harbor and it is awesome to see all of the positive attention that New Bedford and the Whaling Museum are receiving from it. The apprentices will be facilitating a multitude of children’s activities next week and in the future, we”ll tell everyone that we were part of such a monumental moment in New Bedford’s history.
Charles W. Morgan being guided into New Bedford State Pier. Photo by Arthur Motta/NBWM.
It’s been a long couple of weeks not being in work. I am very happy to be back especially since the Charles W. Morgan has come home. So not only am I returning back to work but the Morgan is too. On my first day back we hosted a Homecoming Day for the ship. I got to do face painting, which was pretty interesting as always. I got asked to draw a beaver for the first time ever which was a whole new experience. Once the flow of people calmed down I had the chance to go up to the observation deck to see the Morgan arriving which was fascinating to see a ship from many years ago. It’s amazing how such an old ship can still be riding the waters like it once was. I am pretty excited to be working everyday the Morgan is here.
Charles W. Morgan at NB State Pier, June 25, 2014. Photo by Arthur Motta/NBWM.
Well, I am happy to say that the school year is over and I’m finally venturing into my senior year. The other exciting thing is that we are finally back to work and back in the Whaling Museum. Yesterday was very fun while we were in preparation for the Charles W. Morgan’s arrival. We hosted a Homecoming event. I spent the a majority of that day at the Sailor’s Valentine station with the kids. It was tons of fun and really rewarding helping the little kids with their crafts. Now I’m ready to continue on with the rest of the week and fully take advantage of the amazing opportunity I have to see the Charles W. Morgan first hand.
Museum’s Beetle-built whale boat decorated with colors of the Cape Verdean flag, for Cape Verdean Independence Day Parade. NBWM photo.
I was really excited to come back to Whaling Museum for the summer. I missed everyone, and I felt great when I came in yesterday because I saw everybody. I loved working on the float using the colors of Cape Verde flag to decorate it. This is gonna be my first time enjoying the 5th of July, Cape Verdean Independence Day, here. I’m really excited; can’t really wait until that day.
Charles W Morgan sailing in New Bedford Outer Harbor. Photo by Arthur Motta/NBWM
Working for the Charles W. Morgan welcoming was really fun. Everyone has been waiting for this moment for a long time.We got to go on the Morgan and see what it looked like from inside. It was really interesting to see the Captain’s wife’s room. In the Kid’s Zone inside the State Pier, the apprentices led activities. This included explaining to kids what scrimshaw was and how to make their own version of scrimshaw out of soap. It was a great experience to see how important the Morgan is to New Bedford and to hear people express how they felt about it coming back.
Print of Morgan Homecoming, by Arthur Moniz. NBWM image.
The Homecoming of the Charles W. Morgan left a majority of the museum busy, if not everyone at the museum. I and the other Apprentices were occupied at the Kids Zone eight days out of the time the ship was there. Two free activities were available for children to do: Paper plate whales and Scrimshaw. Both of them were equally successful and even adults were making positive comments about them. Behind the craft activities people took a challenge at the harpoon toss and won a Whaling Museum bracelet. There were other organizations that had crafts as well.
In my free time, I got to wait in a long line as many locals and tourists did to board the extraordinary Morgan. It was crazy to think that’s what the full-sized Lagoda would be like inside. I’m used to our 1/2 scaled model in the museum.
After awhile being in the same place doing the same things I must say got a tad stir crazy, but I really enjoyed seeing the children leave happy about their whales and scrimshaw.
Samara breaching in 2012. Photo from Capt John Boats.
How many of my readers have been on a whale watch? Yesterday I participated in my second one in Stellwagen Bank (National Marine Sanctuary) and had a great time. The best part was seeing the six year old humpback whale,Samara. We spotted her throughout the whale watch various times. But, near the end she became very interactive with our boat and she stuck around for a while making “trumpeting” noises to express how excited she had been feeling in our presence. I got a few pictures of her that I’ll be happy to share soon.