CHARLES W. MORGAN: Ports of Call (1841-1921)


Charles W. Morgan Ports of Call (1841-1921)

The Morgan has been called a lucky ship and for many good reasons. In 37 voyages and a career that spanned eight decades she survived the countless hazards of the sea, braving ocean storms, Arctic ice, and hostile natives.

The ship’s logs are filled with touching and fascinating tales that reflect the times in which she sailed. One captain, Thomas C. Landers, lost his 16-year-old son Arthur overboard; his wife, Lydia, gave birth to another son, named in honor of his brother, who shipped out with his mother and the crew at just three weeks of age.

On another voyage, the Morgan rescued Russian prisoners who had escaped from a forced labor camp. In all, the Morgan visited nearly every place imaginable, from the South Pacific to the West Indies, from the tip of Chile to the Russian port of Vladivostok. In the course of her travels, crewmen from nearly every continent worked her decks–many of them eventually becoming US citizens.

Once her whaling days were over in 1921, the Morgan made yet another journey — into the world of movies. She appeared in three silent films (including the classic Down to the Sea in Ships) before she was ultimately preserved by Whaling Enshrined, Inc. and exhibited at Col. Edward H.R. Green’s South Dartmouth, Massachusetts estate.

And her final port of call? Mystic Seaport, where she arrived in November of 1941.

Voyages of the Charles W. Morgan: 1841-1921


Charles W. Morgan Ports of Call (1841-1921) - AfricaIncluding ports in:

  • Ascension Island
  • Azores
  • Cape Verde
  • Tristan de Cunha
  • Cabinda, Congo
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Madagascar
  • St. Paul Island
  • Mahe
  • Mauritius
  • Reunion Island


Charles W. Morgan Ports of Call (1841-1921) - AsiaIncluding ports in:

  • Shantar Island
  • Vladivostok, Russia
  • Hakodate, Japan
  • Bonin Island

North America

Charles W. Morgan Ports of Call (1841-1921) - North AmericaIncluding ports in:

  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • San Francisco: San Francisco was the Morgan‘s home port from 1886-1906
  • Monterey
  • Scammon’s Lagoon
  • Ballenas Bay
  • Costa Rica
  • New Bedford
  • Bermuda
  • Dominica
  • Barbados

South America

Charles W. Morgan Ports of Call (1841-1921) - South AmericaIncluding ports in:

  • Marquesas Islands
  • Society Islands, Tahiti
  • Malpelo Island
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Callao, Peru
  • Esmeralda, Peru
  • Tombez, Peru
  • Paita, Peru
  • Panama
  • Valparaiso, Chile
  • Talchuano, Chile
  • Juan Fernandez Island
  • Rio De Janiero, Brazil
  • Falkland Islands

South Pacific

Charles W. Morgan Ports of Call (1841-1921) - South PacificIncluding ports in:

  • Kerguelen Island
  • Two Peoples Bay
  • Guam
  • Caroline Islands
  • Byron Island
  • Norfolk Island
  • Gilbert Islands
  • Sunday Island
  • Marshall Islands
  • Navigator Islands
  • Strong Island
  • Aukland, New Zealand
  • Chatham Island, New Zealand
  • Mangonui, New Zealand
  • Russell, New Zealand
  • Fiji Islands
  • Friendly Island