Logbook of the 38th Voyage
What follows are excerpts from the Gazette’s live blog of the Morgan’s historic voyage from Newport, Rhode Island, to Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, June 18.
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The Real Housewives of Martha's Vineyard
Tom Dunlop

This article first appeared in the May/June issue of Martha's Vineyard Magazine.

“For a girl or a woman to embark on a long whaling voyage required great fortitude and determination,” wrote Henry Beetle Hough, co-author with Emma Mayhew Whiting of Whaling Wives, published in 1953. Sailing with her whaling-captain husband meant that a wife could avoid a separation that might last as long as five years, but life as the only woman aboard ship was, said Hough and Whiting, “a prospect of bleakness and hazard.”

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Last of Her Kind, Whaleship Charles W. Morgan Has Strong Ties to the Vineyard
Sara Brown
The Charles W. Morgan came back to life this spring. The last American wooden whaling ship once again had saltwater under her 173-year-old keel. Ocean winds buffeted her new suit of sails. She has another captain and a new crew occupying bunks and climbing the rigging.
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Young Whaleman's Logs Give Voice to First Voyage
In the log book of the first voyage of the Morgan, 26-year-old second mate James Coffin Osborn of Edgartown relates the joys and agonie of whaling.
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Weathering Storms, Pirates and Wars, Morgan Was Nearly Consumed by Fire
Tom Dunlop

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.

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While She's Here
Olivia Hull

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.

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Fish in His Blood: Morgan's Edgartown Roots Still Strong in S. Bailey Norton
Remy Tumin
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.
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Strong Ties: Circle of Life Revolves Around Last Great Whaleship
Julia Wells
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.
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Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan Sails to the Vineyard Today
Sara Brown

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.

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The Luckiest Whaleship's Local Connections
Matthew Stackpole
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.
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