38th Voyage Itinerary
In the summer of 2014 the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan will embark on an unprecedented 38th Voyage to historic ports in New England. The three-month journey will begin May 17 with the Morgan being towed down the Mystic River en route to New London, Conn. This will be the first time the ship has been below the Mystic River Bascule Bridge since she arrived at Mystic Seaport in 1941. All are invited to line the shores of the river to watch this historic moment.
A month-long fitting out period will take place while the Morgan is in New London. Due to the shallow depth of the Mystic River the ship cannot be properly ballasted for sailing at her berth at Mystic Seaport, and New London also offers easy access to Long Island Sound for sail training. Once preparations and training are complete, the Morgan will proceed to each scheduled port on a one-day sail so the ship can be safely berthed in the next harbor by nightfall. As weather conditions are a determining factor in the decision to head to sea each day, each port transit is scheduled with a three-day window of opportunity with the intention that the ship will sail on the first acceptable day.
Once in port, the ship will be open to the public on select days. These days will feature a dockside exhibition program that involves live demonstrations, music, and much more–as well as the opportunity to board the ship and explore an 1841 whaling vessel.
The leg of the voyage on Stellwagen Bank has a somewhat different operating plan: the Morgan will moor off Provincetown as a base for day sails onto the Marine Sanctuary in collaboration with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. There will be no dockside exhibition or visitor access to the ship in Provincetown, although there will be extensive online programming during the day sails and the Massachusetts whale watching fleet may choose to follow the ship.
The 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan
May 17-August 9, 2014
The itinerary and port exhibition schedule is below. Please note: all dates are subject to change due to inclement weather or other unexpected situations.
- May 17 — Charles W. Morgan departs Mystic Seaport at 9:15 a.m. for New London.
- May 24-25, 31 and June 1 — New London, City Pier. The ship will be open to the public with the dockside exhibition program.
- June 14-16 — Sailing window: New London to Newport, RI.
- June 17 — Newport, Fort Adams State Park. The ship will be 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 will be 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 will be open to the public with the dockside exhibition. There will be a special July 4th celebration and many other community activities.
- July 7-11 — Sailing window to Provincetown via the Cape Cod Canal. There will be an overnight stop at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (no public access).
- July 12-14 — Day sails on Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Overnight mooring in Provincetown Harbor (no public access).
- July 15-17 — Sailing window to Boston.
- July 18-22 — Boston, Charlestown Navy Yard. The ship will be 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 will be open to the public with the dockside exhibition. The visit coincides with the centennial celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal.
- July 28-30 — Sailing window to New London.
- August 6-8 — Sailing window to Mystic.
- August 9 — A homecoming celebration awaits the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport.