Category Archives: The Man Who Thought Like a Ship

The Saws of My Father

I have three crosscut saws I never use. One I bought myself soon after I got married because I needed to cut something, and it seemed like a basic tool that I needed to have. The other two came from … Continue reading

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`The Failure Stuff:’ Why Ignorance and Mistakes Matter

In Sunday’s New York Times, author and New America fellow Jamie Holmes makes the case for teaching students the importance of ignorance. Too often, Holmes argues, students are taught about scientific breakthroughs and understanding, but not the important role that … Continue reading

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The Elissa: The Untold Story

I was recently in Galveston, and I stopped by to see the tall ship Elissa. She wasn’t there, but before too long she pulled into view and I snapped the above picture. For those who aren’t familiar, the Elissa is … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Life at Sea, Circa 1943

I’m excited about a new project I’ve just unveiled on my website — a page devoted to World War II photos my father took during his time in the Navy. I got the idea around Veteran’s Day, when many of … Continue reading

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The Return of the Charles W. Morgan

As a child, I spent a lot of time at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn. As I discuss in┬áThe Man Who Thought Like a Ship, it was among my father’s favorite maritime museums, and we often stopped there … Continue reading

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Charleston and the Ship Model Jesus

Last week, I was in Charleston, S.C., to speak to the Nautical Research Guild about my father’s Egyptian ship model and how he used models in researching ancient ship construction. The guild is a national group of ship modelers and … Continue reading

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Texas A&M, Israel and the `Jesus Boat’

Texas A&M University may be considering a campus in Israel, according to the Bryan/College Station Eagle.┬áCiting “sources close to the situation,” the paper said A&M officials have made repeated trips to Israel to negotiate a partnership and that an announcement … Continue reading

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