Charles Morgan Trip to Newport Delayed
June 13, 2014
The Charles W. Morgan whaling ship, which was originally scheduled to depart for Newport from New London, CT, on Saturday, will now make the trip on Sunday, June 15. The ship will cast off at 6:30 a.m.
The one-day delay is due to rough conditions expected off of Point Judith, RI, on Saturday.
“The cold front that is passing through [New England] will most likely leave the sea state in the area quite agitated, more so than we feel is appropriate for the Morgan. By delaying a day, we give the waters time to calm down,” said Dana Hewson, the vice president for watercraft preservation and programs at Mystic Seaport.
The decision to postpone the sail was made in consultation with meteorologists at the National Weather Service.
In a change from previous plans, there is a possibility that the Morgan will pass through Watch Hill Passage between Watch Hill, RI and Fishers Island, NY, on her way to Block Island Sound, and not through The Race as previously announced. The decision of which passage to take will be made by the captain on Sunday morning.
For the latest updates and to track the Morgan‘s position live, visit the 38th Voyage page on the Museum’s website.