Congratulations to @MysticSeaport and the numerous volunteers who, after five years and $7 million, restored the last wooden whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan to majestic status and re-launched her back into the water on the 172nd anniversary of her maiden voyage. Inspired by this recent accomplishment, I decided to take a quick walk around CHS to discover some more of Connecticut’s whaling and shipping history.
As many know, the whale, or sperm whale to be specific, is the state animal of Connecticut. Whaling was an important part of CT history in the 1800’s, ranking only behind Massachusetts in the North American whaling industry. The impact of whaling can still be seen today in pop culture. Conny the Whale, a life-size, 60 foot sperm whale replica welcomes visitors to the Children’s Museum in West Hartford every day. The Hartford Whalers continue to be one of NHL’s top five selling logos, even after being defunct for the past 16 years! They are still remembered as being, according to an article just this week on CBSsports.com, “perhaps the most popular NHL team that no longer exists.”