THE CHARLES W. MORGAN
The dramatic story of America’s last surviving wooden whale ship
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 The Producer
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.