The Charles W. Morgan. Photo Mystic Seaport

The Charles W. Morgan. Photo Mystic Seaport

A new documentary film about the Charles W. Morgan by Emmy-winning Connecticut filmmaker Bailey Pryor will premiere at the Garde Arts Center in New London on Sunday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m.

The one-hour film tells the extraordinary story of America’s last wooden whaleship and the incredible saga of whaling. Starting with her humble beginnings in New Bedford in 1841, the film follows the adventures of the Morgan on her 37 voyages around the world, where this “Lucky Ship” survived freeze-ups in the Arctic, attacks by South Sea headhunters, a fire aboard ship, and a host of other stories, each of which had the potential to end the vessel’s life. Yet more than 170 years later, the Morgan lives on, and she is poised to sail again, on her 38th Voyage in June, 2014.

The film will receive its broadcast debut on CPTV on May 12 at 9:00 p.m., after which it will be aired on PBS affiliate stations around the country.

The screening of the film at the Garde will be followed by a panel discussion with Pryor, Executive Producer Steve Jones, Morgan Historian Matthew Stackpole, and Mystic Seaport Shipyard Director, Quentin Snediker, who oversaw the ship’s recent 5-year restoration.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person and $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $100 and include a pre-film reception with the filmmakers, and preferred seating in the theater. Proceeds from the event will support the Morgan’s 38th Voyage.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Garde Arts Center Box Office at (860) 444-7373, ext. 1 or online at

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