FIRE Project update


Readers will have noticed changes in the presentation of our news and information portals this year.

Since January, we have been testing various items of new software and modifications. This work is nearing conclusion.

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Historic Whaleship Charles W. Morgan Sails for First Time in Nearly 100 Years











National Historic Landmark Vessel Completes Sea Trial for 38th voyage


MYSTIC, Conn. (June 7, 2014) — The 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan sailed for the first time in almost a century  on Saturday, June 7, on the first day of sea trials for her 38th Voyage. The ship cast off from City Pier in New London at 9:30 a.m. and proceeded out onto Long Island Sound, where she spent the day conducting sail training drills and maneuvers. She returned to New London at 3:30 p.m.

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Historic Ship Charles W. Morgan Arrives in New London, Conn. to Begin 38th Voyage











Ship Leaves Mystic Seaport for the First Time Since 1941


MYSTIC, Conn. (May 17, 2014) — The Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark vessel and the last wooden whaleship in the world, departed Mystic Seaport to begin her 38th Voyage on Saturday, May 17. The ship was towed down the Mystic River and over to nearby New London, Conn., the first stop on what will be a nearly three month journey to historic ports in Southern New England.

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FIRE Project Link Changes


The FIRE Project public access portals are beginning to display hyperlinks to related information in a new format.

In line with Project policy set at the start of the project in 1995, all established URLs will continue to operate.

This is a housekeeping operation to prepare the Project’s public access portals for system enhancements that will begin introduction from December 2013.

A key to hyperlinks formats will be added to each portal as navigation information.









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Hunting the Essex, A Journal of the Voyage of HMS Phoebe 1813-1814


This book falls within the excellent series of Authentic Voices. Editing has been sensitive and a useful foreword is provided by Professor Andrew Lambert, but the real author is a Midshipman writing his journal at the time of the epic chase. Many will be familiar with the story in its dramatized form by O’Brian in “The Far Side of the World” and the film that was draw from his book “Master and Commander”.

This book is equal to the finest novel, shows the many points where O’Brian blended historic fact with his fictional characters in “The Far Side of the World”, and has all of the excitement of the chase.




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The Whaleship Charles W Morgan in a Nutshell





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Radio controlled model of the Morgan sails at Mystic Seaport

The Whaleship Charles W Morgan

It was 1841 and one of the whaleships heading out of New Bedford on the morning tide carried a new crewman on his first whale hunt. Herman Melville was to become famous as the author of a great classic nautical novel, Moby Dick , that has become a popular read down generations and across the world. As Herman Melville watched the receding shore, a new whale ship was being launched from a New Bedford yard.

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