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The Charles W. Morgan at Round Hill, Dartmouth Mass 1926 Film Add Video

The Charles W. Morgan, one of New Bedford's most famous whalers built in 1841 was once owned by one of the richest women in the world. Hetty Green, heiress to the Howland whaling fortune was worth over 100 million in the late 1800's. A recluse dowager who's worth would be in the billions today squandered her money and led a bizarre life. Hetty Green's shrewd investments in the stock market reached legendary heights and the Wall Street signs in New York has her silhouette emblazoned on them to this day. Her children were neglected and were not given proper medical attention because of the expense. Her son, E.H.R."Ned" Green so badly in need of a doctor's medical attention eventually became crippled due to his mother's penchant for hoarding money at any cost. When she died, her son inherited her estate,becoming one of the richest and most eccentric men in the world. He was the epitome on just how far one could go with a "blank-check". Years after the whaling industry succumbed to a new fuel source - oil, whale ships were left derelict at their moorings or broken up. The Charles W. Morgan, considered the flag ship of New Bedford - a city known at the time as The Whaling Capitol of The World was one of the only few square rigged whalers left and she too lay deteriorating at the Union Wharf in Fairhaven, MA. Col E.H.R. Green acquired his late mother's ship and carefully restored it back to its original condition and moored the vessel at his vast estate at Round Hill, South Dartmouth, MA as a popular floating museum in the mid 1920's. This rare film shows the Charles W. Morgan being towed into place. One of the last surviving whaling skippers at the time Capt George Fred Tilton (right) greets a friend at the bow of the ship and instructs a young boy on the theory of sailing with a little carved wooden toy sailboat. With The Charles W. Morgan was fully restored, (The painted gun ports were not a feature when the Morgan was in service as a whaler.) This carefully documented and choreographed film depicts the arrival of the famous Col E.H.R.Green in his well known custom built - chouffer driven electric car. A stunning close-up of the Colonel all smiles and a car full of pipe smoke greets his guests. His demeanor didn't show a man who grew up in unnecessary poverty and neglect, but a jovial happy man now enjoying a spending spree of epic proportions at his vast playground-enclave. At the clips end - The Charles W. Morgan was lit up from lights used from the Colonels nearby airport - which had the first illuminated airport in the country. From the site where aircraft from around the world landed there, to the splitting of the Atom for the first time by MIT scientists, this brief moment of exciting times came to end with the passing of Col E.H.R.Green in1936 at 67yrs old. The now neglected Morgan was aging quickly and was battered by The Hurricane of 1938. It was once said that those who could afford to maintain it as a floating whaling museum didn't care, and to those who did couldn't afford to do so. In November of 1941 the Charles W. Morgan was towed away from its South Dartmouth berth to find a new home in Mystic Connecticut where it remains today on permanent display as the showpiece for The Mystic Seaport Museum. Remains of the main estate have been converted to high end luxury condominium's. The original corroding film was painstakingly restored and saved by The MLBaron Historic Archives. For related story and more photos enter here: http://www.westislandweather.com/charleswmorgan.htm

Posted by MLBaron on March 29, 2013 at 9:10 AM 2701 Views

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