Charles W. Morgan

Modeler’s Name: Martin Jelsema…………. Name of Ship: Charles W. Morgan

Brief History of Original Ship: Whaler built in 1843. It was active, mostly in the Pacific with many hunts of more than two years. The Morgan still exists! It is berthed at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and was recently restored for the second time.

Description of Model: This began as a vintage Scientific Models kit, but aside from the hull and deck furnishings, the model was fashioned from the plans of the Model Shipways version of the Morgan. That meant modeling a 1:120 model using plans for a 1:60 scale model – meaning all the masting and rigging had to be scaled at half-size.

Approximate number hours spent building the model: didn’t keep track

Model Size: 17″ long, 13″ high………………………. Scale: 1:120

Modeler bio: Aside from building a wooden hulled Blue Nose schooner as a teen, Martin did not take up ship modeling until 2009. Martin has spent a career in marketing communications, working for ad agencies, IBM, Information Handling Services and Coors Ceramics. He founded his own marketing communications and branding company, Signature Strategies, in 1985, and retired 2010. He and his wife, “Gus”, celebrated 53 years of married life.

Martin Jelsema’s Models

Martin has been a Rocky Mountain Shipwright since 2910. He has served as First Mate and Clerk of the club as well as editor if the club’s newsletter, Scuttlebutt and webmaster for the site you are now perusing. As a teenager, he built his first wooden ship model, the always popular Blue Nose. There was a long period of no modeling until retiring from the Marketing Communications and Branding company he founded in 1983.