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The Charles W. Morgan visits America's First Destination as highlight of three-month journey
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - The Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark vessel and the last wooden whale ship in the world, will arrive in Provincetown, Mass. on July 10, 2014, as the highlight of its 38th voyage. A full schedule of commemorative programs is planned for July 10-14 in Provincetown, site of the first landing of the Pilgrims in 1620
The last of America's historic 2700 ship strong whaling fleet, the Morgan will sail into the once renowned whaling village as it makes its three-month voyage to many of New England's historic ports.
The Morgan was first launched in New Bedford, Mass., in 1841 and has remained docked at Mystic Seaport since 1941. Her latest commemorative voyage embarked on May 17, 2014, recalling a history of more than eighty years. This 'lucky ship' pursued whales to the ends of the earth, navigating Cape Horn, relentless storms, arctic ice, hostile territories and the general hazards of life at sea.
When the Morgan returns to Provincetown Harbor, it will be with a different mission. Scheduled to sail from Provincetown through the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the Morgan's mission is to serve as an ambassador for ocean stewardship and as a reminder of America's marine heritage. With the Stellwagen just offshore, Provincetown's legacy is one of ecotourism, recognized as one of the world's finest whale watching destinations.
Provincetown may be a sure bet for history buffs and the public to see and learn about the Morgan. A full array of programs will accompany the viewing of the vessel in the picturesque setting of Provincetown, rated by numerous travel magazines as one of America's best shoreline communities.