Whaleship CHARLES W. MORGAN’s Sail to Newport Postponed to Sunday, June 15

MYSTIC, Conn. (June 13, 2014) —  The Charles W. Morgan is now scheduled to depart for Newport, RI, from New London, CT, this Sunday, June 15. The ship will cast off at 6:30 a.m.

The ship was originally scheduled to leave on Saturday, June 14. The delay is due to conditions expected off of Point Judith, RI, on Saturday.

“The cold front that is passing through will most likely leave the sea state in the area quite agitated, more so than we feel is appropriate for the Morgan. By delaying a day, we give the waters time to calm down,” said Dana Hewson, the vice president for watercraft preservation and programs at Mystic Seaport.

The decision to postpone the sail was made in consultation with meteorologists at the National Weather Service.

In a change from previous plans, there is a possibility that the Morgan will pass through Watch Hill Passage between Watch Hill, RI and Fishers Island, NY, on her way to Block Island Sound, and not through The Race as previously announced. The decision of which passage to take will be made by the captain on Sunday morning.

For the latest updates and to track the Morgan‘s position live, please visit the 38th Voyage page on the Museum’s website.

About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum is located one mile south of exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $24 for adults and $15 for children 6-17. Museum members and children under 5 are admitted for free. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org