Lessons for our times


Today, the Morgan’s cargo is no longer oil and whalebone — rather, it is knowledge and inspiration.

The ship’s lessons resonate with American companies today and speak to contemporary issues:

Millions of dollars of wealth generated by this quintessential industry helped to capitalize the nation’s rapid development of factories and railroads.

There was risk for crew, investors, and for loved-ones waiting behind. The Morgan struggled with wind, tide, and brutal storms on oceans around the world during an 80-year test of courage.

By the end of her commercial life, the Morgan had been worked by people of diverse cultures and races in a melding that foreshadowed global organizations of our own day.

From harpoon design to deck prisms to a reinforced hull for sailing in ice, the Morgan represented the culmination of 19th century whaling technology.

The officers managed motivation and punishment, health and discipline, navigated and negotiated. The Morgan was known as a lucky ship, but good leadership made its own luck.

Global industry
Whaling — aid to be the world’s first truly global industry — touched all oceans and had an impact — for good and ill — on people and ports across the globe.

On board the Morgan, 35 men toiled in relative harmony for many years at a time. Work together or risk ruin or death; that was the key to success in this most interdependent of communities.