I don't know about the knife maker, but the Charles W Morgan is the only surviving original American whaling ship left in existence. The Morgan was built in the 1840s. She was rebuilt a few years ago at the Mystic Seaport museum in Mystic, CT and that is where she stays. If any of you ever get up that way the Mystic Seaport Museum is a great place to visit if you and/or your family likes seafaring history. It is a restored small village with several working old sailing ships you can go on including the Charles W Morgan, and some shops and demonstrations of lost arts such as making rope the way they did hundreds of years ago. Mystic is also where the Northeast Cutlery Collector's Association holds their annual two day knife show around May 1st every year. I think this knife was made for sale at the Mystic Seaport and likely to raise money for the restoration of the Charles W Morgan which took several years and lots of money.