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Sailboat Weathervane – Whaling Ship Charles Morgan

Charles Morgan Whaling Ship Weather Vane


The Charles Morgan Whaling Ship Weathervane was originally commissioned by some customers whose home overlooks Mystic Seaport where the real Charles Morgan resides. Their weathervane was crafted with a copper hull, masts and rigging. We can also apply optional gold leaf to the sails. Gold leafed lettering on the ship’s stern is included in the price.

When ordering a custom sailboat weathervane, we are often able to reduce the design fee if detailed schematic drawings are available. Also helpful for personalization are detailed photos of the actual sailboat including photos of insignia, detailing, interiors, etc. Important and often overlooked are detailed photos of the underside of the sailboat; an important view when looking up at a weathervane. If actual scaled down models are available, we often find them helpful guides during the construction process.

Because the price of our weathervanes is based on the time it takes us to make them, another consideration when ordering is the degree of detail. Some of our sailboat weathervanes have cockpits, steering wheels, and detailed sheets. Some don’t. When mounted on a roof you look up at the weathervane and details like the cockpit and steering wheel may not be visible from this angle. If we eliminate these features or reduce them in complexity, we can reduce the cost of your weathervane accordingly.

Do remember, however, that skilled handcrafted copper weathervanes can last a very long time, even a century or more, and are quite collectible. Someone in the future may want to display this weathervane indoors as a piece of American Folk Art. If this is the case, details like the cockpit and steering wheel would be valued. Either way, since each vane is made to individual order, we can add or eliminate details based on our personal preference.

The Charles W. Morgan whaling ship is the “crown jewel” of the Mystic Seaport collection and has outlived all others of its kind. In 80 working years and 37 whaling voyages between 1841 and 1921, the Morgan escaped cannibals and Confederate raiders, avoided entrapment in the frozen Arctic and survived fire, storms, Cape Horn roundings and, after retirement, the Hurricane of 1938.