Are you interested in history and a fan of historic seaports and old boats? Are you looking to getaway to enjoy springtime here in New England? If so, you may want to set your sails for Mystic, CT on Thursday, May 17, 2014 where the Charles W. Morgan, a historic US whaling ship will embark on her 21st century ‘maiden voyage’ to ports throughout New England.
The Morgan is a US whaling ship which sailed during the 19th and early 20th century and was used to catch whales to harvest the whale blubber for commonly used whale oil. The Morgan, is a National Historic Landmark built in 1841 and is the oldest American commercial ship and wooden whaling vessel still afloat in the world. Skilled craftsmen at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport recently completed a nearly five-year restoration.
On May 17th, The Morgan will set sail on her 38th voyage sailing from Mystic Seaport to New London, CT (just 15 minutes from our inn) before heading off to Newport, RI on June 14th. During her stay in New London the ship will be open to the public with dockside exhibits on May 24-25, May 31 and June 1st.
Following her visit to Newport, RI, The Morgan will visit Martha’s Vineyard, New Bedford, MA, Provincetown (Cape Cod), and Boston before returning home to the Mystic Seaport on August 9th. For additional information about the Charles W. Morgan or Mystic Seaport, please visit: http://www.mysticseaport.org/visit/explore/morgan/
In closing, we would also like to wish our Inn at Harbor Hill Marina team member Julianne (“Jules”) ‘happy sailing’ and congratulations on being selected as a crew member on the ‘maiden voyage’ of the Charles W. Morgan. We can’t wait to hear about your summer adventure.