It is our pleasure to announce the 10 finalists for the Charles W. Morgan Stowaway contest. After reviewing a large number of creative and enthusiastic video entries, which included submissions from 24 states and Guam, the Stowaway search has been narrowed down to the following applicants:
Links to the finalists’ video applications are featured on the Museum’s Facebook page.
Now, show us who you think would be the ideal Stowaway during the Morgan‘s 38th Voyage by supporting your favorite applicant with “likes” and shares via social media. While there will be only one Stowaway and Mystic Seaport will ultimately make the selection, public opinion will be a factor in our decision. We encourage you to weigh in by April 10. Mystic Seaport will then select the Stowaway, and the journey of a lifetime will begin when the 1841 whaleship leaves New London, Connecticut, this June.
Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to all who applied!
The Stowaway’s Journey
The Stowaway will live aboard the Charles W. Morgan with the ship’s captain and crew during the vessel’s 38th Voyage in the summer of 2014. During the voyage the Morgan will stop at historic ports of call throughout New England, including Newport, R.I.; Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, and Boston, Mass. The Morgan will also team up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to observe whales in their natural environment.
The Stowaway will be immersed in all aspects of the voyage. This individual will learn and take on any jobs associated with living and working on a 19th-century vessel, including handling the sails and lines, steering the ship, and scrubbing the decks. The Stowaway will be a key player during events and exhibits at each port of call, and will watch, inquire, learn, participate, and use their creative energy to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience through blogging, videos, social media, and activities in the port cities.