Whaleship Morgan completes first leg of historic voyage


The historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial vessel and a National Historic Landmark, completed the first leg of her 38th voyage when she sailed into Newport, R.I., today.

This is the Morgan’s first sailing voyage since 1921.

The Morgan cast off from City Pier in New London, Conn., at 9:15 a.m. and was towed up Fisher’s Island Sound and through Watch Hill Passage.

Once on Block Island Sound the ship dropped the tow and set all working sail to make her way to Newport. She arrived in the harbor and tied up at Fort Adams at 6 p.m.

“Seeing the ship with her sails set just as they were in the heyday of her whaling career was an incredible sight. It was truly seeing history come alive,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.

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