After a long transit from Buzzards Bay, Mass., the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan arrived at City Pier in New London, Conn. early in the morning on Wednesday, July 30. Due to the length of the journey, the ship was towed and not sailed on this leg of the voyage. This is the last stop on an historic 38th Voyage that included port visits in Newport, R.I., Vineyard Haven, Mass., New Bedford, Mass., the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Boston, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay.
While in New London, the vessel will head out onto Long Island Sound for three final day sails on July 31 and August 1-2. The ship will not be open to the public during this time.
The Morgan is scheduled to make her triumphant return to Mystic Seaport at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6. A homecoming celebration, set to begin at 5 p.m., will await her arrival at Chubb’s Wharf. Elements of the 38th Voyage dockside exhibition that accompanied the ship’s port visits, including Spouter, the 46-foot long inflatable sperm whale, will be set up and open to visitors. Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern will remain open for food and beverage service, although Museum exhibits will be closed after 5 p.m.
Mystic Seaport will offer a reduced admission of $5 on August 6. Museum members and children ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free.
In the event of a weather delay on August 6, the Morgan‘s return to Mystic Seaport will be rescheduled for August 7 or, if need be, August 8. Please visit the 38th Voyage homepage for the latest information on the status of the Morgan.
The Charles W. Morgan will reopen to the public at Mystic Seaport on August 9.