PHOTOS: Historic Whaleship Charles W. Morgan Under Full Sail

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What a beauty! The 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan with sails set while in the midst of a historic voyage to New England ports.

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The Charles W. Morgan is the United States’ oldest commercial vessel and the world’s last surviving wooden whaling ship. She was relaunched last summer after completing an extensive restoration at the world famous Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

To celebrate, the Morgan is spending the summer month’s sailing to ports in southern New England as part of its “38th voyage”, with stops in Newport, New Belford, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston, among others.

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The ship arrived Wednesday in Vineyard Haven in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, where she will be open to the public from this Saturday until Tuesday.

The best way to follow the Morgan during her voyage is on the Mystic Seaport’s website and on facebook.

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The vessel, now a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1841 in New Bedford and had 37 successful voyages throughout her 80-year whaling career before retiring in 1921. The Morgan has been at Mystic Seaport since 1941.

38th Voyage Map

Morgan 38th outlineMAP

Photos courtesy Mystic Seaport on facebook