Charles W. Morgan Departs New London for Newport

By Ari Mason
|  Sunday, Jun 15, 2014  |  Updated 9:29 AM EDT
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Charles W. Morgan Embarks on 38th Voyage

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The Charles Morgan waits at New London Harbor on Saturday morning before setting sail for Newport.

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The world's last remaining wooden whaling ship has departed New London on the second leg of her first open-water voyage in 73 years.

The sun was shining and the waters were calm as the Charles W. Morgan left the dock at New London Harbor Saturday morning, where she had spent the past four weeks since arriving from Mystic.

"It's something about hte beginning of a voyage that's very exciting," said the ship's captain, Kip Files. "You know, it's like any trip you take, so I guess it's getting on with the mission, starting to go. Newport's a nice spot."

The 173-year-old ship was originally scheduled to leave New London on Saturday, but poor weather conditions pushed the send-off back a day.

Now the Morgan is bound for Newport, where she'll stay until Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, depending on the weather.

Next, she's headed to Vineyard Haven, New Bedford and Provincetown and will finally arrive in Boston mid-July.

The Morgan will then turn around and head home to Mystic. She's due back around Aug. 9.

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