Charles W. Morgan Arrives in New London

The Charles W. Morgan at the New London city pier. Photo/City of New London.
The Charles W. Morgan at the New London city pier. Photo/City of New London.

The restored wooden whaling ship Charles W. Morgan arrived in New London, Connecticut, on Saturday, May 17. It is the first stop on what will be a nearly 3­-month journey to historic ports in Southern New England.

While in New London, the Morgan’s crew will complete preparations for the next phase of the voyage, where she will actively sail for the first time since the 1920s. The ship will be ballasted to her correct sailing draft, the sails will be attached to the spars, and the crew will conduct 4 days of sail training scheduled for June 7-8 and June 11-12.

The ship will be open to the public in New London with an extensive dockside exhibit on May 24-25, May 31, and June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ship departs on the next leg of the 38th Voyage with a trip to Newport on June 14. Following that stop, the ship will then visit Vineyard Haven, New Bedford and Boston, where she will dock next to the USS Constitution. She will also anchor off of Provincetown for day sails to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where the Morgan will team up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to observe whales.

If you’d like to visit the Charles Morgan in New London, here’s what you need to know when visiting this seaport by boat.