38th Voyagers

In the summer of 2014 the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan sailed for the first time in more than 80 years. During this 38th Voyage, 85 individuals from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds sailed aboard the ship and participated in an unprecedented public-history project. This select group, which included artists, historians, scientists, journalists, teachers, musicians, scholars, and whaling descendants, used their own perspectives and talents to document and filter their experience and will produce a creative product for Mystic Seaport to share with the public.

While rooted in history, the 38th Voyage was not a reenactment, but an opportunity to add to the Morgan’s story with contemporary perspectives. The 38th Voyagers sailed aboard one voyage leg (one night plus the following day) and worked alongside Museum staff, examining every aspect of the journey to better understand the past experiences of those who sailed this ship and others like her.

Day 1 of 38th Voyager orientation at Mystic Seaport, April 26, 2014

Day 1 of 38th Voyager orientation at Mystic Seaport, April 26, 2014

Day 2 of 38th Voyager orientation at Mystic Seaport, April 30, 2014

Day 2 of 38th Voyager orientation at Mystic Seaport, April 30, 2014

 Voyage Legs and the 38th Voyagers

New London, CT to Newport, RI 

Newport, RI to Vineyard Haven, MA (Martha’s Vineyard)

Vineyard Haven, MA to New Bedford, MA

New Bedford, MA to Buzzard’s Bay, MA

Buzzard’s Bay, MA to Provincetown, MA

Day sail 1: Provincetown Harbor to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Day sail 2: Provincetown Harbor to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary 

Day sail 3: Provincetown Harbor to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary 

Provincetown, MA to Boston, MA

Boston, MA to Buzzard’s Bay, MA

Supported by NEH

The 38th Voyagers program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

National Endowment for the Humanities