Address: Provincetown Harbor, Provincetown, MA 02657
Latitude/Longitude: 42.041007, -70.176201
Start Date: Jul 14, 2014
End Date: Aug 9, 2014
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Phone: (860) 572-0711
If you have traipsed down MacMillan Wharf this early July, or dined at Pepe’s overlooking the water, you may have seen a majestic-looking ship nestled in Provincetown harbor. The Charles W. Morgan, built in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was a whaling vessel until 1921. Ninety-three years later, the newly restored boat is fully functioning and is the last remaining wooden whaling ship in the world. Titled the “38th Voyage” (after the boat’s 37 worldwide voyages during the whaling industry), the boat is touring the New London, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, and Provincetown harbors, and it will finish its tour at the Cape Cod Canal Centennial celebration in late July.
With the accompanying research vessel the Auk, the Mystic Seaport Museum collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s and the National Marine Sanctuaries’ mission to acknowledge the evolution of man’s relationship to whales in the past century. Morgan’s 38th voyage is an opportunity to understand the history of the American maritime industry, but also recognize the present and future mission to respect our marine mammals.
From the Author: When I was a little girl, my family took us every year to Mystic Seaport by boat. We would dock right next to the Charles W. Morgan and I would visit her daily asking a million questions of the patient seaport representatives. What did they eat onboard? How did they fit in those little bunks? How tall are the masts? Can I climb up them too? Diving into maritime history at Mystic was one of the best memories of my childhood. If you have a chance to take your family to Mystic and board this magnificent vessel, do so now!
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