Famed whaling vessel, the Charles W. Morgan, the world's last surviving wooden whaling ship and America's oldest merchant ship, will tour historic New England ports, with a stop in Boston harbor, in summer 2014. Since 1941 the ship's home has been at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. After a $7.5M renovation and a 5-year restoration project, the 380-ton, 106-foot-long ship will tour New England with stops in New Bedford, MA; New London, CT; Newport, R.I.; Provincetown, MA; and Vineyard Haven, MA in summer of 2014.
The Morgan will be in Boston, Charlestown Navy Yard, July 18-22 and will be open for the public to explore, and will be accompanied by a traveling dockside exhibition that includes historic interpretation, guided tours, live demonstrations, and activities for the whole family each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, organizations along Boston's waterfront will be hosting a festival of events to celebrate the Morgan's visit throughout her stay at the Charlestown Navy Yard, including a kick-off concert featuring 10-member band, Charlie the Most, presented by Boston National Historical Park, Summer on the Waterfront and Berklee College of Music. She'll be berthed next to the USS Constitution and open to the public, along with a dockside exhibition put together by Mystic Seaport. For information visit www.mysticseaport.org/38thvoyage.
About the Morgan:
The 19th century whaling ship the Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark vessel and the last wooden whaleship in the world, set off on her 38th Voyage on May 17 to visit historic ports of New England celebrating the importance of America's maritime heritage. After a period of refitting and sea trials based in New London, the ship will sail to Newport, Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, and Boston.
She will also venture into the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to observe whales in their natural environment and participate in science activities. The Morgan will also participate in the centennial celebration of the Cape Cod Canal. The voyage will be a commemoration of the role of the sea in the history of America and an appreciation of our changing relationship with the natural world.