National Historic Landmark Ship to Conclude 38th Voyage
Mystic, Conn. (August 4, 2014) — The Charles W. Morgan will return to Mystic Seaport on Wednesday, August 6. The ship will be towed from New London to the Museum, where it will tie up at its traditional berth at Chubb’s Wharf. This will be the conclusion of the vessel’s historic 38th Voyage.
The ship is scheduled to depart City Pier in New London at 2 p.m. and is estimated to arrive at Mystic Seaport at 5:30 p.m. Current plans have the ship entering the mouth of the Mystic River around 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 be held 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 and activities from the dockside exhibit that accompanied the ship will be set up on the wharf, including Spouter, a life-size, inflatable sperm whale model. Schaefer’s Spouter Tavern will remain open for food and beverage service, although Museum exhibits will be closed after 5 p.m.
There will be a reduced admission of $5 beginning at 5 p.m. Children 5 and younger and Mystic Seaport members will be admitted free.
Should weather prevent the ship from arriving on Wednesday, 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.
A National Historic Landmark, the Morgan was built in 1841 and sailed on 37 voyages around the globe during an 80-year whaling career. This latest voyage, the ship’s 38th, was undertaken to raise awareness of America’s maritime heritage and to call attention to issues of ocean sustainability and conservation. The ship departed Mystic Seaport on May 17 and visited New London, Conn., Newport, R.I., Vineyard Haven, Mass., New Bedford, Mass., the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Boston, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy as part of the centennial celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal.
About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum is located one mile south of exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $24 for adults and $15 for children 6-17. Museum members and children under 5 are admitted for free. For more information, please visit https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/