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Restored whaleship wraps up its historic voyage

The Charles W. Morgan, the recently restored last American whaling ship, will take part in the centennial celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal this weekend.

The 173-year-old ship will dock at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass., and be open for public boarding on Saturday and Sunday.

This is the last major stop on the Morgan’s 38th voyage. 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 voyage 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; and Boston, where she tied up next to the USS Constitution.

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