Veronica Lawlor will be joining the captain and crew of the 19th-century whaleship, Charles W. Morgan, as a 38th Voyager during the ship’s historic voyage this summer. While aboard the Morgan, on the Provincetown to Boston leg, Veronica will create a reportage essay of the voyage, in words and pictures, to add to her reportage of the restoration of the ship. During the voyage, nearly 80 people, dubbed 38th Voyagers, will participate in an unprecedented public-history event. During one leg of the voyage, each 38th Voyager will take part in their own unique project using the Morgan as a focal point for their discoveries. The 38th Voyagers come from across the world and a wide variety of backgrounds including artists, historians, scientists, journalists, teachers, musicians, scholars, and descendants of whaling crews. Once back on shore, each 38th Voyager will submit a personal work that embodies their experience. These works may be incorporated into a coming exhibit at Mystic Seaport.
In addition to her visual essay on the July 15th Provincetown to Boston leg of the 38th Voyage, she is creating a body of drawings and prints regarding whale conservation, titled “The Map is Not the Territory.” This work will be exhibited in 2015 at Mystic Seaport with the Dalvero Academy, of which she is a co-founder.
The Morgan’s 38th Voyage, her first since 1921, will take her to historic ports across Southern New England including visits to New London, Conn.; Newport, R.I.; Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, and Boston, Mass., where she’ll dock next to the USS Constitution. She will also anchor off the coast of Provincetown, Mass. for day sails to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where the Morgan will team up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct science demonstrations and observe whales in their natural environment. The Morgan left Mystic Seaport on May 17 for New London, Conn. where she is completing her fitting out and will undergo sea trials. On June 14 the Morgan will continue her voyage as she sails to Newport, R.I. To follow the voyage in full, please visit www.mysticseaport.org/38thvoyage.
I’m so excited about all of this, it’s been a busy summer already! Please visit my blog to follow the voyage of the Morgan through my drawings and writings. First post will be about the Sea Trials that happened on June 11th! (to visit my blog click HERE)