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As the Morgan returns to its old homeport Wednesday, June 25, 2014, for the first time since 1941, it is being celebrated as a lucky ship that survived epic storms and Arctic ice. But its greatest luck was withstanding the sustained indifference of the city that launched it on its globe-spanning career.

Published: June 25, 2014

A police boat escorts the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan sailing in Buzzards Bay en route from Martha's Vineyard to New Bedford Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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Sean D. Elliot/The Day