The MORGAN Sails Again

The CHARLES W. MORGAN on her first sea trial on June 7, 2014

The Charles W. Morgan on her first sea trial on June 7, 2014.

MYSTIC — For the first time in nearly a century, the Charles W. Morgan was underway under sail as she completed the first day of sea trials for her 38th Voyage.

The ship cast off from City Pier in New London at 9:30 a.m. and was towed out onto Long Island Sound. Once where she spent the day conducting sail training drills and maneuvers. She returned to New London at 3:30 p.m.

“The ship exceeded all expectations and performed wonderfully. She is faster than we thought she would be, she turns easier, and she handles really well. We could not be more pleased,” said Capt. Kip Files, the 22nd master of the Morgan. “There is no one alive today who has sailed one of these whaleships who can tell us how they perform, so we really learned a lot today. We have a great voyage ahead of us.”

The National Historic Landmark vessel has been a static exhibit at Mystic Seaport since 1941 and has not sailed since the early 1920s. Her last whaling voyage, her 37th, ended in 1921. The sea trials are to prepare her to sail to historic ports in Southern New England on a 38th Voyage.

Sea trials will continue on June 8, 11, and 12.