Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes the Whaleship Charles W. Morgan




Vineyard Haven, Mass. (June 18, 2014) — The 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan 
arrived in Vineyard Haven today in the next phase of her 38th Voyage to ports 
across Southern New England.

The ship departed Newport, RI, this morning and was towed out of 
Narragansett Bay and across the mouth of Buzzards Bay into Vineyard Sound. 
Once in the Sound, the crew cast off the tow and continued by sail alone to 
the mouth of the harbor at Vineyard Haven. The entire trip was about 
42 nautical miles.

The Morgan is currently berthed at Tisbury Wharf in Vineyard Haven.

“We are very excited to take the Charles W. Morgan to the Vineyard 
because the ship has a lot of ties to the island. Many of her crew 
hailed from this place, and it is great to bring her here so the 
community can reconnect with their whaling heritage,” said Capt. 
Kip Files, the 22nd master of the Morgan.

The ship will be open to the public from Saturday, June 21 to 
Tuesday, June 24. Visitors can tour the ship and explore an 
expansive dockside exhibition that includes information on the 
history of whaling, demonstrations of maritime skills, and live 
music and performances.  A focal point is Spouter, a 46-foot-long, 
life-sized inflatable model of a sperm whale. Visitors also can 
participate in a "What Bubbles Up?" activity by writing down 
their whale-related memory, question, or sketch and attaching it 
to a humpback whale sculpture. Visitors will even have the 
opportunity to try their hand at rowing a whaleboat during select times.

The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with the last boarding of 
the ship to take place at 4:30 p.m. There is a suggested admission 
of $5.

The dockside exhibition is funded in part by the National 
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The Morgan will remain in Vineyard Haven until June 25, when she 
is scheduled to sail to New Bedford, Mass.


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About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. 
Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic 
Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, the last 
wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum is located one mile 
south of exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $24 for 
adults and $15 for children 6-17. Museum members and children 
under 5 are admitted for free. For more information, please