On July 21, 1841, the Hillman Brothers shipyard in New Bedford launched their latest whaleship, soon to be named the Charles W. Morgan. Of those present that day, who would have thought that the ship would still be around 175 years later? But after an 80-year career in the whaling fishery, and surviving hurricanes, icebergs, neglect, and 38 Voyages that spanned the globe–the latest in 2014–the Morgan is still afloat and still telling the story of America’s maritime heritage. Here’s to 175 more years!
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