Weathering Storms, Pirates and Wars, Morgan Was Nearly Consumed by Fire

Islanders from Nonouti attacked her in the western Pacific. She caught fire off the Azores, shipped seas over her stern during a storm as she approached Cape Horn and steered around mines during World War I. Sailing through and around all this danger while whaling on the far sides of the globe, it’s an irony that the Charles W. Morgan faced her greatest peril three years after she retired and while  lying alongside a wharf just across the Acushnet River from New Bedford, the town she called home port.

While She's Here

Newly seaworthy after a restoration project that spanned seven years, the 19th century whaleship Charles W. Morgan has already graced the ports of Mystic and New London, Conn., and Newport, R.I. Now she’s prepared to welcome visitors in droves throughout the four-day docking at the Tisbury Wharf in Vineyard Haven.

The welcoming ceremony is at noon on Saturday.

Fish in His Blood: Morgan's Edgartown Roots Still Strong in S. Bailey Norton

At 93, S. Bailey Norton is the oldest living descendant of the first captain of the Charles W. Morgan. Fishing, he says, was what his family knew.

Strong Ties: Circle of Life Revolves Around Last Great Whaleship

Matthew Stackpole of West Tisbury grew up on the grounds of the Mystic Seaport Museum. Today he is the 67-year-old ship historian for the Chas. W. Morgan who speaks of his lucky life.

Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan Sails to the Vineyard Today

Making history, the bark Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaling ship, has left Newport, R.I. and is bound for the Vineyard. The ship will be visible from the north shore as she sails through Vineyard Sound. She is scheduled to arrive at Tisbury Wharf Wednesday afternoon.

The Luckiest Whaleship's Local Connections

The Charles W. Morgan's enduring cargo is not the oil and bone of her travels, but the story that she alone survives to tell. Matthew Stackpole, ship's historian for her restoration at Mystic Seaport and a West Tisbury resident, recounts the whaleship's many Vineyard connections.

Whaleship Charles W. Morgan Sails for First Time in Nearly a Century

For the first time in nearly a century, the whaleship Charles W. Morgan had seawater under her hull and the wind billowing her sails as she cast off Saturday from New London for a sea trial.

Ship of History

One day next week citizens of the Island will look out over Vineyard Sound and watch as a striking vestige of our whaling heritage passes by.

Whether the whaleship Charles W. Morgan will sail into Tisbury Wharf on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday depends, fittingly, on the seas. Her final ceremonial voyage completes a journey that began in 1841 when she set sail from New Bedford for the first time with a Vineyard captain and seventeen Island crew members aboard.

The Morgan is Coming

Charles W. Morgan visits Martha's Vineyard June 21 to 24. Martha's Vineyard Museum gears up for visit with lecture on history of whaling by author Eric Jay Dolin.

Charles W. Morgan Departs Mystic Seaport Saturday

The Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in the world, departs from Mystic Seaport Saturday for her 38th voyage.

In about a month, the Morgan will be docking in Vineyard waters, part of a three-month journey that will bring the whaling era back to life.

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