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Charles W. Morgan’s sail to Newport postponed

The Charles W. Morgan is now scheduled to depart for Newport, R.I., from New London, Conn., this Sunday. The ship will cast off at 6:30 a.m.

The ship was originally scheduled to leave on Saturday. The delay is due to conditions expected off of Point Judith, R.I., on Saturday.

“The cold front that is passing through will most likely leave the sea state in the area quite agitated, more so than we feel is appropriate for the Morgan. By delaying a day, we give the waters time to calm down,” said Dana Hewson, the vice president for watercraft preservation and programs at Mystic Seaport.

The decision to postpone the sail was made in consultation with meteorologists at the National Weather Service.

In a change from previous plans, there is a possibility that the Morgan will pass through Watch Hill Passage between Watch Hill, R.I., and Fishers Island, N.Y., on her way to Block Island Sound, and not through The Race as previously announced. The decision of which passage to take will be made by the captain on Sunday morning.