Step into a whaling ship at Mystic Seaport museum

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Out of the water, the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan looks as big as the leviathans its crews hunted.

But its size belies the cramped quarters on board. As visitors clamber through cabins and work areas, they are struck by the almost claustrophobic atmosphere — and that’s without a crew on board.

The Morgan was the last sail-powered whaling ship. It is being painstakingly restored at Mystic Seaport, a museum complex devoted to the 19th-century maritime industry.

Visitors to the Connecticut attraction can watch artisans and engineers as they work on the ship, which plied the oceans from 1841 to 1921. They can see up close how the ship is built and how it is outfitted. It’s both history and engineering on display.

But the Morgan is only one small part of the museum.

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