Charles W. Morgan Completes 38th Voyage

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    A crowd gathers to send off the Charles W. Morgan as it departs Mystic on its 38th voyage in May.

    Connecticut's historic wooden whaling ship has returned to whence it came three months after setting sail on a tour of the New England coast.

    The Charles W. Morgan arrived back in Mystic Wednesday evening after being towed from New London on the last leg of its 38th voyage.

    Members of the public headed to the wharf Wednesday evening for a welcome home celebration. The 173-year-old ship is once again docked at Chubb's Wharf and will reopen to the public on Saturday, according to a release from Mystic Seaport.

    "Taking this American icon, the oldest surviving commercial ship in the country, out on her 38th voyage was a landmark achievement for Mystic Seaport," said seaport president Steve White, in a statement. "We truly accomplished our mission to celebrate our nation's shared maritime heritage."

    The Morgan departed Mystic on May 17 and stopped at New London and ports in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including Newport, New Bedford, Provincetown and Boston.

    It was the first time the Morgan had left port in Mystic since 1941.

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