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The 38th Voyage

Morgan readies to sail again

May 2014

The Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest surviving merchant vessel, will take her 38th voyage this summer — and her first in more than 93 years — following a $10 million, five-year renovation. The Morgan will visit historic ports of call throughout New England, including New London, Newport, New Bedford and Boston.

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Sail to Newport aboard the Charles W. Morgan

Time lapse: Charles W. Morgan to New London

Charles W. Morgan begins 38th voyage


Charles W. Morgan captain receives commands

Young shipwrights of the Charles W. Morgan

The Charles W. Morgan prepares to sail again


Time lapse: Charles W. Morgan side roll

Time lapse: Charles W. Morgan revealed

Final plank installed in Charles W. Morgan's hull


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Premium Content For Mystic Seaport president, Morgan tour was 'culmination of years of work and dreams'

 September 14, 2014; Updated: 11:46 pm

From the large crowds that cheered it on from the banks of the Mystic River as it set out on its first trip in almost a century to sailing among whales in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, this summer’s voyage of the Charles W. Morgan...

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Premium Content Morgan's 38th voyage is complete

 August 6, 2014; Updated: 12:09 am

The Charles W. Morgan is home. The world’s last wooden whaling ship, which set off on a tour of historic New England ports in May, was eased into Chubb’s Wharf at Mystic Seaport by two tugboats just past 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Premium Content Welcome home, Charles W. Morgan

 August 6, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

After a memorable, 2 1/2-month tour of New England ports, the whaleship Charles W. Morgan is scheduled to pull away from New London's City Pier this afternoon and return to Mystic Seaport Museum, the final leg of its historic 38th...

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Premium Content On hold for the moment in New London

 August 5, 2014; Updated: 7:49 pm

Mystic Seaport staff along with crew of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan stack bars of steel ballast on pallets to be lifted out of the hold during the process of removing ballast and rigging Monday aboard the ship docked at City Pier in New London.

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Premium Content Sound company for the Charles W. Morgan

 August 1, 2014; Updated: 12:01 am

The Morgan has one last day-sail for special guests of Mystic Seaport on Saturday before efforts will commence preparing the ship for the final tow from New London back to the Seaport next week.

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Premium Content Its journey nearly over, Morgan returns to New London

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 11:59 am

The whaling ship arrived with little fanfare Wednesday morning at City Pier, the last stop before it returns home to Mystic Seaport. The ship arrived at the pier at 2 a.m., eight hours ahead of its estimated arrival time.

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Premium Content Whaling ship Charles W. Morgan scheduled to arrive in New London today

 July 29, 2014; Updated: 12:31 am

Nearing the end of its summer tour of historic New England ports, the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan is scheduled to arrive at City Pier about 10 a.m. today.

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Premium Content Mystic Seaport and Mashantucket Pequot Museum receive grant for Indian Whalers Project

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 3:07 pm

Mystic Seaport and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center on Friday announced receipt of a $30,095 grant from Connecticut Humanities to support a project called Connecticut Indian Whalers: Work, Community, and Life at Sea.

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Premium Content Morgan in good company during visit to Boston

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 3:51 pm

The Charles W. Morgan is no stranger to history, nor is the USS Constitution. But the two historic vessels made another bit of history this week when they 'met' for the first time in Boston.

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Premium Content Whale-watching on the Charles W. Morgan

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

The excitement on deck of the big whaling ship was palpable Saturday as some of the whales first came into sight, doing the things whales do: breaching, spouting, spouting quite loudly, actually, feeding, mouths open, and showing a lot of whale tail.

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Premium Content A whale of a reunion

 July 11, 2014; Updated: 3:07 pm

The crew of a whaleboat from the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan rows toward a feeding humpback whale on the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod, Mass., on Friday. The Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaling...

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Premium Content 'Sail for Tall Ships Day' July 12, proclaimed in honor of Morgan

 July 5, 2014; Updated: 12:03 am

Mystic Seaport and Tall Ships America, have proclaimed July 12 as “Sail for Tall Ships Day” as traditional sailing vessels around the country will sail in honor of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan.

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Premium Content Region expects plenty of tourists

 July 4, 2014; Updated: 3:39 pm

Amid signs that travelers are loosening the purse strings, tourism operators in the region are poised for a third straight “up” season this summer.\nNot even the prospect of $4-a-gallon gasoline is expected to spoil the party.

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Premium Content Charles W. Morgan in 'very good position' to ride out storm

 July 3, 2014; Updated: 11:34 am

The crew of the world's last wooden whaling ship probably didn't anticipate a hurricane interrupting its historic 38th voyage, but Mystic Seaport officials said Thursday that they don't expect much trouble from Arthur.

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Morgan prepares for high winds

 July 3, 2014; Updated: 12:39 am

Crew members of the restored whaling ship Charles W. Morgan secure sails and lines Wednesday in New Bedford, Mass., in preparation for high winds expected to reach the city as Tropical Storm Arthur approaches.

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Premium Content New Bedford homecoming for Charles W. Morgan

 June 25, 2014; Updated: 4:27 pm

Sunrise light edged the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan docked at Tisbury Wharf in Vineyard Haven Harbor Wednesday prior to its departure to New Bedford.

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Premium Content New Bedford eager to give the Charles W. Morgan a warm welcome

 June 25, 2014; Updated: 1:24 am

Some people from Mystic Seaport planning the homecoming visit of the Charles W. Morgan to its longtime homeport of New Bedford have joked about the notion that the city might close the gates to a huge hurricane barrier that can seal off...

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Premium Content Charles W. Morgan is home

 June 25, 2014; Updated: 7:08 pm

There were a lot of superlatives to consider in the historic homecoming to New Bedford Wednesday of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan.

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Soaring with the Charles W. Morgan

 June 24, 2014; Updated: 11:46 pm

NEW A Common Tern hovered over the water of Vineyard Haven harbor looking for food just astern of the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan Tuesday in Vineyard Haven, Mass.

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Premium Content How New Bedford let the Morgan get away

 June 22, 2014; Updated: 3:14 am

As the Charles W. Morgan returns to its old homeport this week, it is being celebrated as a lucky ship. But its greatest luck was withstanding the sustained indifference of the city that launched it on its globe-spanning career.

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Premium Content Sail to Newport aboard the Charles W. Morgan

 June 17, 2014; Updated: 1:50 pm

The Charles W. Morgan, the world's last wooden whaling ship, begins its 38th voyage, sailing from New London to Newport.

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Premium Content Morgan sails on the open ocean as it makes trip from New London to Newport, R.I.

 June 15, 2014; Updated: 2:02 pm

After a nearly 12-hour trip from New London to Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I., a few dozen people greeted the 106-foot whaling vessel at South Alofsin Pier late Sunday afternoon.

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Premium Content Whaler Morgan gets a rousing send-off as next leg of journey set to begin

 June 13, 2014; Updated: 12:44 pm

During the sendoff ceremony Friday afternoon, lawmakers, New London’s mayor, the ship’s captain and other officials delivered farewell speeches before a crowd of about 100, some drenched by rain and others decked out in rain jackets and...

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Premium Content Whaleship to spend an extra day in New London

 June 13, 2014; Updated: 9:01 pm

Mystic — The Charles W. Morgan’s departure from New London to Newport, R.I., has been rescheduled for Sunday at 6 a.m.

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Premium Content New London to say goodbye to the Morgan

 June 11, 2014; Updated: 12:21 am

New London - A farewell ceremony for the Charles W. Morgan as it prepares to leave on a two-month tour of historic New England ports will be held Friday at 1 p.m at City Pier.On Saturday, the world's last surviving wooden whaling...

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Premium Content Morgan sea trial involves lots of learning

 June 9, 2014; Updated: 1:21 pm

As the crew prepared for the 173-year-old whaling ship’s upcoming journey along the New England coast with a seven-hour excursion in the Long Island Sound, they did just about everything you imagine with the rope: they tugged it, coiled it,...

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Premium Content Former Sea Scout recalls 1941 trip on the Morgan

 June 9, 2014; Updated: 1:18 pm

An East Lyme man remembers his trip aboard the Charles W. Morgan as it arrived at Mystic Seaport in 1941.

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Premium Content Morgan completes first day of sea trials

 June 8, 2014; Updated: 9:35 am

The historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan is escorted through Long Island Sound by a small flotilla of spectator and support vessels on the first of four days of sea trials Saturday, its first time under sail in 93 years. "The ship exceeded all...

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Premium Content Thar she goes!

 June 7, 2014; Updated: 8:55 am

The historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan will sail from City Pier in New London to open water today as an excited crew puts her to the test.

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Premium Content Morgan crew members rescue woman from Thames River

 June 6, 2014; Updated: 7:48 pm

A day before setting out on their first training cruise, crew members of the wooden whaling ship Charles W. Morgan demonstrated their man-overboard protocol on Friday and pulled a struggling woman out of the Thames River.

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Premium Content A throwback parade in New London

 May 31, 2014; Updated: 11:23 pm

In commemoration of the return of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan to New London, actors from the Flock Theatre thespian troupe portrayed Jibboom Club members in the first Jibboom parade in almost six decades.

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Premium Content Morgan tugging on the lines

 May 30, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

I am sure I am not alone in savoring the pleasure of having a genuine whaling ship tied up on New London's waterfront again.Charles W. Morgan looks, if I could imagine a ship to have feelings, happy, too, tucked in at City Pier, in...

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Premium Content Welcome aboard the Charles W. Morgan

 May 24, 2014; Updated: 12:12 am

Families lined up at City Pier Saturday to step aboard the newly restored whaleship Charles W. Morgan, which was open to the public for the first time since it arrived in the Whaling City last week.

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Premium Content Morgan settles in at City Pier, attracting the curious

 May 19, 2014; Updated: 3:47 pm

A day after the Charles W. Morgan arrived at City Pier, residents came out to see the ship Sunday as crews began putting up its sails.

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Premium Content Time lapse: Charles W. Morgan to New London

 May 19, 2014; Updated: 4:39 pm

A time lapse view of the woodden whaling ship Charles W. Morgan's transit from Mystic to New London.

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Premium Content Morgan leaves Mystic behind and sets out on milestone journey

 May 18, 2014; Updated: 11:51 pm

The Charles W. Morgan, the world's last surviving wooden whaling ship, on Saturday began what will become its 38th voyage by being towed to New London by a tugboat.PHOTO GALLERY

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Premium Content Poet Joanie DiMartino to board historic whaleship for 38th voyage

 May 18, 2014; Updated: 3:51 pm

The restoration and subsequent 38th voyage of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan is nothing less than inspired - and, as such, that a poet will be one of the passengers is particularly appropriate. After all, among the many literary...

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Premium Content By land and sea, crowds turn out to watch Morgan make history

 May 17, 2014; Updated: 12:24 am

Spectators gathered at the Mystic drawbridge, City Pier in New London and points in between to watch the Charles W. Morgan depart Mystic Seaport for its 38th voyage Saturday.

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Premium Content 'We're doing the right thing'

 May 17, 2014; Updated: 1:56 pm

Mystic Seaport was in a financial rut when the idea was floated to take the historic whaler Charles W. Morgan back to sea.

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Premium Content Charles W. Morgan begins 38th voyage

 May 17, 2014; Updated: 10:39 pm

The wooden whaling ship Charles. W. Morgan leaves the dock at Mystic Seaport for the first time since 1941, propelled by a tugboat down the Mystic River, past Noank, Groton Long Point and Eastern Point, and up the Thames River to City Pier in New...

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Paddling Alongside History: A Kayaker's Perspective Of The Whaleship Morgan

 May 17, 2014; Updated: 8:08 pm

As the Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last surviving wooden whaleship, edged Saturday morning toward the downtown Mystic drawbridge for the first time in nearly three-quarters of a century, throngs on shore cheered, a flotilla of...

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Premium Content Charles W. Morgan captain receives commands

 May 17, 2014; Updated: 4:09 pm

Richard "Kip" Files, captain of the Charles W. Morgan, receives his commands from Mystic Seaport president StevenC. White.

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Premium Content Weather not expected to stop Morgan's trip to New London

 May 16, 2014; Updated: 3:20 pm

The Morgan is scheduled to leave the Mystic Seaport at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. While rain is expected Saturday, only a "drastic change in the forecasted weather conditions" would delay the trip, the Seaport said Friday afternoon.

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Premium Content Morgan, crew poised for next leg of journey

 May 16, 2014; Updated: 11:47 pm

As Mystic Seaport shipyard workers make their last-minute preparations today for the Charles W. Morgan's trip to New London's City Pier on Saturday, their attention is also on the weather forecast.

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Premium Content New generation learns ancient shipbuilding craft on Morgan restoration

 May 15, 2014; Updated: 12:36 am

Restoration of the Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark and a major attraction at the Seaport since it was towed there in 1941, has created a unique opportunity for ship carpenters, who are better known as shipwrights.

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Premium Content Young shipwrights of the Charles W. Morgan

 May 15, 2014; Updated: 4:16 pm

Shipwrights Matt Barnes and Jamie Kirschner and blacksmith Ali Mitchell are carrying on the tradition of wooden shipbuilding at Mystic Seaport with the restoration of the wooden whaling ship Charles W. Morgan.

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Premium Content Morgan's whaling days outlasted New London's

 May 14, 2014; Updated: 12:07 am

When the Charles W. Morgan is towed into New London this weekend, the world's last wooden whaling ship will arrive at what was once the nation's second-largest whaling port.

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Premium Content Exhibition sets sail with the Charles W. Morgan

 May 13, 2014; Updated: 5:20 pm

When the Charles W. Morgan sails from port to port, it will be greeted by throngs of people - and by an exhibit that will follow the whaleship's journey.

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Premium Content Acquiring materials for Morgan is a project in itself

 May 13, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Mystic Seaport assembled a network of foresters, riggers, sailmakers and others to acquire the materials needed to restore the Charles W. Morgan.

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Premium Content Modern wonders lurk inside the Charles W. Morgan

 May 12, 2014; Updated: 9:20 am

Modern equipment has been added to the Charles W. Morgan for its upcoming voyage but most of it will be removed after the trip is finished, ensuring the ship's historical integrity.

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Premium Content Philatelic event will mark Morgan's departure from Mystic

 May 12, 2014; Updated: 9:19 am

The Mystic River Historical Society will hold a philatelic event on Saturday from 9 a.m. noon to observe the departure of the restored whaleship Charles W. Morgan as it leaves the village for a tour of historic New England ports this summer.

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Premium Content The Morgan's long journey: Five-year restoration has brought ship to the eve of departure

 May 11, 2014; Updated: 8:06 pm

When work began in November of 2008 on what would become a multimillion-dollar project to restore the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, there were no plans to sail her again.

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Premium Content The Whaling City will whale it up for the Morgan

 May 11, 2014; Updated: 9:36 am

In the broad brush of New London history, 1959 might seem like just yesterday. That was when the Jibboom Club, a fraternity of men from New London County who made a living from the sea, finally disbanded.Many had once served on whaling...

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Premium Content The Charles W. Morgan prepares to sail again

 May 11, 2014; Updated: 5:18 pm

Mystic Seaport president Steven C. White tells the story behind the decision to sail the Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaling ship.

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Seaport selects Morgan stowaway

 May 8, 2014; Updated: 9:23 am

Operators of a restored 19th century whaling ship have selected a Maine journalist to live on board the ship during its voyage scheduled for this summer.

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Premium Content It's a homecoming

 May 2, 2014; Updated: 12:50 am

In a lobby space of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, under two enormous whale skeletons that dominate the big space, is an electronic countdown board for the visit this summer by Mystic Seaport’s whaling ship Charles W. Morgan.

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Premium Content Learning to sail the Morgan again

 April 20, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

There are vast records in the archives at Mystic Seaport about the Charles W. Morgan, careful record keeping from a ship that sailed the world hunting whales.Most of the records, though, were about the business of the ship, keeping track...

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Premium Content Readying the Charles W. Morgan to sail

 March 21, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

When Matthew Stackpole talks about the impending voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, he lifts one of his hands in the air, makes a fist and moves it around, simulating a big whaling ship tossed about in the sea.I suspect he is not even aware...

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Premium Content Seaport gets whaleboat shipshape

 March 11, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Shipwright Walt Ansel "sister frames" one of the Mystic Seaport's Beetle whaleboats in the shop at the Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard on Monday. The whaleboat, one Ansel built in 2002 with his father Willits, is in need of repair to...

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Premium Content Morgan preparing for two-month voyage

 December 29, 2013; Updated: 11:16 pm

Mystic Seaport has announced that the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, which is nearing the end of its five-year restoration, will leave the museum May 17 for a two-month journey that will take it to historic New England ports.\n

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Premium Content The rigors of rigging at Mystic Seaport

 December 19, 2013; Updated: 12:03 am

Riggers Matt Otto, left, and Alex Peacock install the futtock band on the foremast of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan Wednesday at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Futtocks are metal rods that are part of the shroud, or rigging,...

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Premium Content Morgan's new captain visits Mystic Seaport

 November 12, 2013; Updated: 11:42 pm

Richard "Kip" Files, newly appointed captain for the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, tours the work ongoing at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Files made his first visit to the shipyard and the Morgan on Monday.

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Premium Content Richard 'Kip' Files named captain of Charles W. Morgan

 November 5, 2013; Updated: 3:37 pm

Employees of Mystic Seaport were told Tuesday that Richard “Kip” Files of Rockland, Maine, will lead the 172-year-old wooden whaleship as it sails to historic ports across New England next summer, its first captain in more than 90 years.

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Premium Content Mystic Seaport to celebrate Charles W. Morgan Day with free museum admission

 October 31, 2013; Updated: 2:11 pm

Mystic Seaport will celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the arrival of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan at the museum by offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.Visitors will...

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Premium Content Whaling ship Charles W. Morgan restores mast with silver half dollar under base for luck

 October 17, 2013; Updated: 1:27 pm

With more than 100 people looking on in the Mystic Seaport shipyard this morning, another milestone was reached in the restoration of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan as workers reinstalled the first of the ships three masts.

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Premium Content Morgan masts to be reinstalled in Seaport ceremony

 October 15, 2013; Updated: 12:21 am

Mystic - Mystic Seaport shipyard workers will reinstall the masts on the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan during a ceremony Thursday at 10 a.m.The world's last surviving wooden whaling...

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