On Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m., The Apprenticeshop in Rockland hosts historian Matthew Stackpole as featured guest lecturer in its Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop series.

Part two in a presentation that began last fall themed around the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport, Stackpole returns to The Apprenticeshop on the eve of the launching of its 29-foot whaleboat: the school’s contribution to the Morgan’s restoration.

The talk will center on the design of the whaleboat. Traditional whaleboats were beautiful craft adapted for a brutal purpose. Light and strong, these double-ended boats were packed with crew and gear, including up to six seamen, approximately 1,200 feet of whale line (coiled in tubs), oars, paddles and a full sail rig. Evolving through a burgeoning industry that spanned more than 200 years, the design and functionality of the boat was honed in the Morgan’s heyday. Stackpole will explain in detail the boat’s features, how they were used, and relay historical anecdotes of various voyages. The Apprenticeshop’s Leonard-design whaleboat and the apprentices who built it will be on hand to further illustrate the story.

Stackpole serves as Mystic Seaport’s lead historian for Morgan restoration. A native of Nantucket, he is the son of Edouard Stackpole who penned dozens of books about whaling and ships, including “The Charles W. Morgan: The Last Wooden Whaleship” in 1967. Since the senior Stackpole served as curator at Mystic Seaport from 1951-1966, his family lived on site at the museum, which allowed the junior to grow up steeped in maritime history. In 2008, Matthew was hired by the museum specifically for the Morgan project and is a lead part of the team supporting its restoration.

For more information, visit apprenticeshop.org or call 594-1800.