The model boat builder from Mobile says he built his first schooner about 35 or 40 years ago, and has spent the last decade or so creating the crafts full-time.
“I wish I would have started 50 years ago, but that’s the way it goes,” Morgan told CBC News.
Morgan sells the model ships — on display in a pond near the Southern Shore Highway near Witless Bay — to tourists and locals alike.
A man from Ship Harbour recently commissioned Morgan to create a replica of his father’s fishing boat.
Others, Morgan said, are made for his own enjoyment.
“I just see a picture somewhere and if I like it, I try to do something that resembles the picture,” he said.
The boats range in price from $200 to $500. However, given that it takes Morgan about a month to make each boat, working eight hours a day for six to seven days a week, he said he isn’t building them to make a profit.
By the hour, he estimates he earns “probably about a quarter.”
Skiffs, sailboats, clipper ships and Viking vessels. Morgan’s even made a seven-foot replica of a Chinese boat — surprising considering the woodworker isn’t a fan of the water.
“I don’t mind on a pond on fresh water but normally, if I set foot aboard a boat [and] go out through the harbour, I get seasick.”
To see Morgan’s boats in action, view the original version of this story, with video, at cbcnews.ca.