For the first time since her arrival in 1941, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan will depart Mystic Seaport and head down the Mystic River on a journey to New London on May 17. The trip is the first stage in her return to sea on her 38th voyage.
Following a brief ceremony in the Museum shipyard, the ship will be towed down the Mystic River and pass through the Route 1 drawbridge in downtown Mystic en route to Fishers Island Sound and the Thames River. She will berth at City Pier in New London sometime in the early afternoon.
The Morgan will lead a procession of Museum watercraft and whaleboats.
Once in New London, the crew will finish fitting out the ship for her 38th voyage, which will begin with a sail to Newport, R.I. scheduled for June 14.