On July 21, 2013, the Charles W. Morgan was launched into the water at Mystic Seaport. Thousands gathered to watch the world’s last surviving wooden whaling ship lower into the water. Without the steel work of Collins & Jewell, it may not have been possible. We built the sixteen cradles that towed that boat in and out of the water. The job took at least a month. “When you look at it, it doesn’t look like much,” said head foreman of the job, Mike Mowrey. “But everything had to be so align, so perfect.” In fact, a special jig had to be made to align the wheels on these cradles, and they were set with lasers. The jig is still in the shop today. Mike said the welding was the toughest part. ‘Everything was certified so the welds had to be perfect.” But to be able to watch the historic boat launch into the Mystic River, it was like the hard work paid off. “Everyone shined on that job,” Mike said.
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The work done by Collins & Jewell is all of the steel at the bottom, essentially what was carrying the boat to the water.