State officials this afternoon will declare the 2013-14 academic year the "Year of the Charles W. Morgan" in Connecticut.
At 12:30 p.m. in the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, state Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, and Mystic Seaport President Stephen White will join other legislators and state officials to make the announcement.
The Morgan, which is the world's last surviving wooden whaling ship, is currently being restored at the seaport. When the restoration project is completed in 2014, the Morgan will leave for a tour of historic ports in the Northeast.
"The 'Year of the Charles W. Morgan' will afford students across the state a unique opportunity to learn about Connecticut's past, the historic significance of the whaling industry, and the state's ongoing maritime tradition," the governor's office said in a press release.