Historic Ship to Return to Connecticut Waters on July 30
Mystic, Conn. (July 29, 2014) — The Charles W. Morgan will depart from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Buzzards Bay, Mass. today to travel to New London, Conn. as the ship continues its 38th Voyage.
Due to the length of the journey, the ship will be towed and not sailed on this leg of the voyage. The ship is scheduled to depart the academy at 11 a.m. and is estimated to arrive at City Pier in New London at 10 a.m. on July 30, although weather and sea conditions could affect the arrival time.
Updates on the ship’s progress will be posted on the Mystic Seaport website.
This is the last stop on the Morgan’s voyage before the ship returns to Mystic Seaport on Wednesday, August 6. While in New London, the vessel will head out onto Long Island Sound for three final day sails on July 31 and August 1-2. The ship will not be open to the public during this time.
A homecoming celebration at Mystic Seaport is planned to begin at 5 p.m. on August 6. The public is invited to join local dignitaries and Mystic Seaport staff to welcome the ship back to the Museum. The estimated arrival time for the Morgan is 6:15 p.m., although the ship could arrive later. There will be a reduced admission of $5 for those ages 6 and older. Children 5 and younger and Mystic Seaport members will be admitted free. Reduced admission begins at 5 p.m.
A National Historic Landmark, the Morgan was built in 1841 and sailed on 37 voyages around the globe during an 80-year whaling career. This latest voyage, the ship’s 38th, was undertaken to raise awareness of America’s maritime heritage and to call attention to issues of ocean sustainability and conservation. The ship departed Mystic Seaport on 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.