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The Charles W. Morgan Floats Again

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On a sweltering July Sunday, the Charles W. Morgan, the last American whaling ship and America’s oldest commercial vessel afloat, slid down the ways and into the water at the Mystic Seaport, to the sounds of cannon fire and cheers from spectators—172 years after she first splashed. During five years and costing nearly $7 million dollars, her restoration saw shipwrights use original construction methods to repair the ship’s hull. Now the Morgan is back in the water, and the final stage of her restoration will begin—repairing the interior and adding the rigging and canvas that will be needed when she makes her 38th voyage next May. (She made 37 trips during her time as a whaler.) For more on the event and the Morgan’s future, visit

Photo: Mystic Seaport