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Beginning with a ceremony on September 27th, the five-year restoration of the Charles W. Morgan was under way as the Mystic Seaport's riggers down-rigged the ship in preparation for the move from Chub's Wharf to the seaport's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard and then raising the ship out of the water on Nov. 1, 2008.

Published: July 21, 2013

Mystic Seaport staff and guests gather for a ceremony to formally mark the beginning of a 3-year restoration of the whale ship Charles W. Morgan Sat. Sept. 27, 2008 at the seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The event, which was to include the ceremonial lowering of one of the yards, was moved inside due to the weather. The Morgan, the oldest wooden whaling ship built in the U.S. still afloat, is one of four floating National Historic Landmarks at the seaport and will be hauled out of the water the beginning of November.

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