The Charles W. Morgan. Photo Mystic Seaport

The Charles W. Morgan. Photo Mystic Seaport Cannons boomed and crowds cheered wildly as the country’s last surviving wooden whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan, was returned to the water at [Connecticut’s] Mystic Seaport Sunday [July 21, 2013] — 172 years after she was first launched on July 21, 1841.

In contrast to that day, when she splashed stern-first into New Bedford Harbor, the whaling ship this time was gently lowered into the placid Mystic River. The operation took nearly 20 minutes and was accompanied by the singing of sea chanteys and the reading of a poem.

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