Morgan Leaves Cape Cod Canal, Docks in New London

The Morgan is towed through Buzzards Bay following her stay on the Cape Cod Canal. Photo David Sloan
The Morgan is towed through Buzzards Bay following her stay on the Cape Cod Canal. Photo David Sloan

The restored whaling ship Charles W. Morgan departed from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on the Cape Cod Canal on Tuesday, July 29. The ship was towed through the West End of the Canal and into Buzzards Bay en route to New London, Connecticut, where she arrived this morning (July 30).

New London will be the last stop on the Morgan’s voyage before the ship returns to Mystic Seaport on Wednesday, August 6. While in New London, the vessel will head out onto Long Island Sound for 3 final day sails on July 31 and August 1-2. The ship will not be open to the public during this time.

A homecoming celebration at Mystic Seaport is planned to begin at 5:00 p.m. on August 6. The public is invited to join local dignitaries and Mystic Seaport staff to welcome the ship back to the Museum. The estimated arrival time for the Morgan is 6:15 p.m., although the ship could arrive later. There will be a reduced admission of $5 for those ages 6 and older. Children 5 and younger and Mystic Seaport members will be admitted free. Reduced admission begins at 5:00 p.m.

A National Historic Landmark, the Morgan was built in 1841 and sailed on 37 voyages around the globe during an 80-year whaling career. This latest voyage, the ship’s 38th, was undertaken to raise awareness of America’s maritime heritage and to call attention to issues of ocean sustainability and conservation. The ship departed Mystic Seaport on May 17 and visited New London, Newport, Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Boston, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy as part of the centennial celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal.