The Charles W. Morgan commercial ship has completed her historic three-month 38th voyage, which included stops at seaports from Mystic, Conn. to Boston. According to the Mystic Seaport website, the Charles W. Morgan, built and launched in 1841, was once a part of an American whaling fleet comprised of 2,700 vessels; today, it is America’s oldest commercial ship that is still afloat.
Over the course of her 38th voyage, the Mystic Seaport logged the Charles W. Morgan’s journey, which included the following stops:
- May 17 — Charles W. Morgan departed Mystic Seaport for New London.
- May 24-25, 31 and June 1 — New London, City Pier. Open to the public with the dockside exhibition program.
- June 7-8, 11-12 — Sea trials off New London.
- June 14-16 — Sailing window: New London to Newport, RI.
- June 17 — Newport, Fort Adams State Park. The ship was open to the public (no dockside exhibition).
- June 18-20 — Sailing window to Martha’s Vineyard.
- June 21-24 — Vineyard Haven, Tisbury Wharf. The ship was open to the public with the dockside exhibition.
- June 25-27 — Sailing window to New Bedford, MA.
- June 28-July 6 — New Bedford, State Pier. The ship was open to the public with the dockside exhibition. There was a special July 4th celebration and many other community activities.
- July 8-11 — Sailing window to Provincetown via the Cape Cod Canal. There was an overnight stop at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (no public access).
- July 11-13 — Day sails on Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The ship was not open to the public but there was a free dockside educational exhibit at Provincetown Harbor and special event programming on OceansLIVE.org.
- July 15-17 — Sailing window to Boston.
- July 18-22 — Boston National Historical Park at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The ship was berthed next to the USS Constitution and open to the public with the dockside exhibition.
- July 23-25 — Sailing window to Massachusetts Maritime Academy via the Cape Cod Canal.
- July 26-27 — Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The Morgan was open to the public with the dockside exhibition. The visit coincided with the centennial celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal.
- July 28-30 — Sailing window to New London.
- July 31, August 1-2 — Day sails off New London (no public passengers).
On August 9, the ship reopened on Chubb’s Wharf as an exhibit and the flagship of the Mystic Seaport Museum. OceanGrafix was proud to partner with Landfall Navigation to donate 24 charts to the voyage and play a small role in this historic occasion.