Charles W. Morgan Voyage to Begin Saturday, May 19

Charles W. Morgan, photo/Mystic Seaport.
Charles W. Morgan, photo/Mystic Seaport.

The long-awaited voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark vessel and the last wooden whaleship in the world, begins Saturday, May 17 at 9:15 a.m. when the ship leaves Mystic, Connecticut for the first time since 1941.

The Morgan will travel to New London, the first stop on what will be a nearly 3-month journey to historic ports in New England.

The ship will be pushed down the Mystic River by a tugboat, and then towed across Fishers Island Sound and up the Thames River to New London, where she will berth at City Pier. She will lead a procession of vessels down the Mystic River, including the Museum’s steamboat Sabino, its fishing vessel Roann, and 5 whaleboats rowed by Mystic Seaport staff and volunteers.

Once in New London, the ship and crew will work to complete preparations for the voyage. The ship will be ballasted (weighted down) to her correct sailing draft, the sails will be attached to the spars, and the crew will conduct four days of sail training scheduled for June 7-8 and June 11-12. The ship will be open to the public 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 transit to Newport, RI, on June 14. Following that stop, the ship will then visit Vineyard Haven, Mass.; New Bedford, Mass.; and Boston, where she will dock next to the USS Constitution. She will also anchor off of Provincetown, Mass. 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 in their natural environment and call attention to mankind’s changing relationship with the natural world.