NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced today its partnership with Mystic Seaport to support the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan. Nearly 100 years after its last whaling voyage, the Morgan will sail the New England coast this summer to celebrate America’s maritime heritage and the whales that gather in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
The Morgan, a National Historic Landmark built in 1841 and restored to seaworthy status over the past 5 years, is the flagship of the watercraft collection at Mystic Seaport, the nation’s leading maritime museum located in Mystic, Connecticut. Over her 80-year whaling career, the Morgan sailed on 37 voyages to the remote corners of the globe.
“America’s pursuit of whales is an epic story of global dimensions that shaped the nation’s identity,” said Daniel J. Basta, director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “Today, thanks to pioneering work by sanctuary scientists and others to understand whale behavior, and develop conservation strategies to reduce risks to whales, we’re writing a new chapter based on respect and stewardship for these magnificent creatures of the deep.”
During the 2014 summer voyage, NOAA will work with Mystic Seaport and its partners to conduct a series of science and outreach activities. The ship’s stop in each port will be accompanied by a dockside exhibit customized for each location.
The Morgan will depart on June 14 to historic New England ports, including Newport, Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Boston and back to New London and Mystic with a stop at the Cape Cod Canal to participate in its centennial celebration. The entire voyage is expected to take about 7 weeks.