The 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan
Charles W. Morgan Sailing Schedule May 17 – August 9, 2014
All dates are subject to change due to inclement weather or other unexpected situations.
May 17: Charles W. Morgan departs Mystic Seaport for New London.
May 24 - 25, 31 and June 1: New London, City Pier. The ship will be open to the public with the dockside exhibition program.
June 14 - 16: Sailing window New London to Newport, RI.
June 17: Newport, Fort Adams State Park. The ship will be open to the public with limited dockside exhibits.
June 18 - 20: Sailing window to Martha’s Vineyard.
June 21 - 24: Vineyard Haven, Tisbury Wharf. The ship will be open to the public with the dockside exhibition.
June 25 - 27: Sailing window to New Bedford, MA.
Docked at State Pier, the Morgan will be open to the public with a dockside exhibition. There will be a special July 4th celebration and many other community activities. You can view the New Bedford Homecoming Schedule here.
June 28: Evening Gala at State Pier
July 7 - 11: Sailing window to Provincetown via the Cape Cod Canal. There will be an overnight stop at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (no public access).
July 12 - 14: Day sails on Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Overnight mooring in Provincetown Harbor (no public access).
July 15 - 17: Sailing window to Boston.
July 18 - 22: Boston, Charlestown Navy Yard. The ship will be berthed next to the USS Constitution and open to the public with the dockside exhibition.
July 23 - 25: Sailing window to Massachusetts Maritime Academy via the Cape Cod Canal.
July 26 - 27: Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The Morgan will be open to the public with the dockside exhibition. The visit coincides with the centennial celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal.
July 28 - 30: Sailing window to New London.
August 6 - 8: Sailing window to Mystic.
August 9: Charles W. Morgan returns to Mystic Seaport.
The Five-Year Restoration
The restoration of the Charles W. Morgan began on November 1, 2008 when she was hauled out of the water in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The focus of the project was to address her structure below the waterline, much of which dated to her original construction in 1841. Although records indicate that her topsides have been rebuilt four times, the first time in the 1880s and the last in the 1980s, the lower hull has not needed comprehensive attention until recently. This is primarily because the topsides’ prolonged exposure to fresh water from rain encouraged rot, whereas the salt water that protected the wooden lower hull acted as a preservative.
Mystic Seaport's Shipwright's Blog is an excellent source to learn about the restoration project.