Mystic — Mystic Seaport will welcome the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan back from her historic 38th Voyage on Wednesday, August 6. The ship, which is scheduled to depart City Pier in New London at 2 p.m, will be towed to the Museum and is estimated to arrive at 5:30 p.m.
Current plans have the Morgan entering the mouth of the Mystic River about 3:45 p.m., although weather and sea conditions could affect the arrival time and people interested in viewing the journey should factor in the possibility that the vessel could be ahead of schedule. Updates on the ship’s progress will be posted on the Mystic Seaport website.
A homecoming ceremony will begin immediately upon the ship’s arrival. The public is invited to gather at Chubb’s Wharf to welcome the ship back to the Museum. Elements from the 38th Voyage dockside exhibit will be set up on the wharf, including Spouter, a life-size, inflatable sperm whale model. Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern will also remain open for food and beverage service, although Museum exhibits will close at 5 p.m.
There will be a reduced admission of $5 beginning at 5 p.m. Children ages 5 and younger and Mystic Seaport members will be admitted for free.
Should weather prevent the ship from arriving on August 6, it will transit from New London on Thursday, August 7 or Friday, August 8. Specific timing is to be determined.
The Morgan will reopen to visitors on Saturday, August 9.