The world's last surviving wooden whaling vessel, the Charles W. Morgan, is the focus of a photonics-based restoration effort.
Restorers are spending $10 million to turn the 1841 museum piece into a working ship able to ply the unruly sea. They plan to sail the ship on its first voyage in nearly a century, opening a new chapter in its long career.
They are deploying lasers and portable x-ray machines, laptops and forensic specialists, cameras and recorders, historians and graphic artists to tease out hidden details of the ship's construction and condition. The project, begun in 2008, is producing a revealing portrait.
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