CPTV to Premiere the New Documentary "The Charles W. Morgan" on Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m.

Release Date: 05/02/2014

(An Encore Presentation Airs Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m.)

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) presents "The Charles W. Morgan," a new one-hour documentary premiering Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m. This documentary from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bailey Pryor tells the story of America’s last surviving wooden whale ship, which was constructed in 1841 and has beaten the odds ever since, surviving fires, freeze-ups and even attacks by attacks by South Sea islanders.

Millions of people have walked the decks of the Morgan, from ship builders to whalers to movie stars; the ship’s past is as complex and unexpected as the era she signifies. In her lifetime, this vessel has witnessed nearly every human emotion, experienced radical changes in technology and survived the transformation from wind and wood to oil and steel. Yet with all of this progress, in her time of need, the only way to restore this unlikely survivor was to return to the old ways of wooden shipwrights, an experience that transcends generations and redefines a long-forgotten art form. From her humble beginnings in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to her current re-construction in Mystic, Connecticut, the story of the Morgan is the story of American maritime history.

Combining stunning archival material with evocative live cinematography and on-camera interviews, the film chronicles the rise and fall of America’s first great industry using the only remaining vessel of the time period as a portal to the past. The film provides a powerful look at the ship’s history as well as its future, as the Morgan is poised to sail again on an unprecedented 38th voyage launching on May 17 from Mystic Seaport!

About Bailey Pryor
Bailey Pryor has worked in the film and television industry for over 25 years. He has produced six feature films and over 150 television programs for ABC, PBS, ESPN, the Travel Channel and other networks. Pryor is currently president & CEO of Telemark Films and has previously held positions including president & CEO of Warren Miller Entertainment; staff producer and associate vice president of production at Sonalysts Studios; marketing assistant for the Samuel Goldwyn Company; and producer’s assistant on the feature films Mystic Pizza and Home Alone.

About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit CPTV.org.

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