The restored whaleship Charles W. Morgan — the oldest American commercial ship afloat — is returning to the sea.

According to an article in the Block Island Times, the restored Morgan hull will be launched from the Mystic Shipyard [Connecticut] on July 21, the same day the complete ship was first launched in 1841. Between now and May 2014, the Morgan will be rigged and prepared for her 38th voyage at the Mystic Seaport Shipyard and in New London, Connecticut. The voyage of the Morgan will start from New London and proceed to make stops in Newport, Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, Provincetown, Boston and then participate in the centennial celebration of the Cape Cod Canal. She will return to New London and eventually to Mystic where she will resume her status as an important exhibit of Mystic Seaport.

Built in 1841, the Morgan is the lone survivor from the American whaling fleet.

Read more: Block Island Times


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