VIDEO: Charles W. Morgan returns to home port

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The Charles W. Morgan was welcomed home to Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut on Wednesday after completing her historic 38th voyage.

The ship was towed from New London, Conn., to nearby Mystic Seaport, where she is tied at her traditional berth at Chubb’s Wharf. The 19th-century whaling ship and National Historic Landmark will reopen to the public on Saturday.

With Capt. Richard “Kip” Files at the helm, the ship left Mystic Seaport May 17 and visited New London, Conn.; Newport, R.I.; Vineyard Haven, Mass.; New Bedford, Mass.; the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; Boston; and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy as part of the centennial celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal.

The nearly three-month journey was a commemoration of the role of the sea in the history of America and an appreciation of our changing relationship with the natural world,” Mystic Seaport president Steve White said in a statement.

“Taking this American icon, the oldest surviving commercial ship in the country, out on her 38th voyage was a landmark achievement for Mystic Seaport. We truly accomplished our mission to celebrate our nation’s shared maritime heritage.”

The Morgan was built in New Bedford, Mass., in 1841 and sailed 37 voyages around the globe during an 80-year whaling career.

In May, after a five-year, $7 million restoration, the ship set out on a voyage to raise awareness of America’s maritime heritage and to call attention the issues of ocean sustainability and conservation. It was the first time the Morgan had left Mystic Seaport since her arrival on Nov. 8, 1941.


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