CHARLES W. MORGAN visits Newport, Fort Adams State Park
On the second stop of her 38th Voyage, the Charles W. Morgan will dock at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, on June 17, 2014. The ship will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat – only the USS Constitution is older.
Over an 80-year whaling career, the Morgan embarked on 37 voyages between 1841 and 1921, most lasting three years or more. Built for durability, not speed, she roamed every corner of the globe in her pursuit of whales. She is known as a “lucky ship,” having successfully navigated crushing Arctic ice, countless storms, Cape Horn roundings and, after she finished her whaling career, even the Hurricane of 1938.
The 38th Voyage is another chapter in this vessel’s storied history. Climb aboard the National Historic Landmark vessel and see the whaleship up-close — it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss!