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Tall ships sail Saturday in Charles W. Morgan salute

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Mystic Seaport and Tall Ships America, the national sail training organization representing the United States, named Saturday “Sail for Tall Ships Day.”

Tall ships and traditional sailing vessels around America will sail on this day to honor the whaleship Charles W. Morgan as she sails on her 38th voyage, calling at historic New England ports.

Painstakingly restored over five years by Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, the Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining ship of the American whaling fleet, which once numbered more than 2,700vessels.

Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat.

The Morgan left Mystic Seaport on May 17 to embark on her 38th voyage to engage communities with their maritime heritage and raise awareness about the changing perception about whales and whaling. The ship is making its journey from New Bedford, Mass., to Boston next week.

On Tuesday, sailing ships around the nation will put to sea to honor the restoration of the ship and the heritage she represents and to celebrate the traditional skills of seamanship that are sustained and hard at work in the Tall Ships America fleet today.

FromMaine to California to the inland seas of the Great Lakes to the sounds of the Pacific Northwest, all manner of brigs, barques, schooners, brigantines and other traditional sailing craft will hoist sail this day in common cause with the Morgan and her crew.

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