Charles W. Morgan Heading for Sea Trials
Starting this weekend the Charles W. Morgan, the last of the great American whaling ships built in 1841 and recently restored by the craftsmen at the Mystic Seaport, will be heading out of Connecticut’s New London harbor to conduct sea trials in preparation for her 38th voyage up the New England coast, where she will actively sail for the first time in nearly 100 years. After her sea trials in New London, the Charles W. Morgan will head north to Newport, Rhode Island, followed by stops in Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, and Boston, Massachusetts. After her stay in Boston, where she will be docked next to the USS Constitution, she will anchor off of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and conduct day-sails out to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where she will team up with folks from NOAA to observe whales in the natural environment. A true testament to how far the boat has come, a vessel that was once used to hunt whales in the 1800s will now be use to “call attention to mankind’s changing relationship with the natural world.” For more on the Charles W. Morgan and details of her upcoming voyage, visit www.mysticseaport.org.