The Charles W. Morgan homecoming to the City of New Bedford starts today. Events are free, and visitors may come aboard the Charles W. Morgan, view the traveling dockside exhibitions and join in events each day. The activities will take place from June 28 through July 6 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
The Charles W. Morgan is a whaling boat whose keel was laid down in February 1841at Jethro and Zachariah Hillman's shipyard in New Bedford. She is the world's oldest surviving merchant vessel and the only surviving American wooden whaling ship from the 19th century.
The Charles W. Morgan was outfitted at Rotch's Wharf for its first voyage The name was at first rejected by its namesake builder before being used. Captain Thomas Norton sailed the Charles W. Morgan into the open Atlantic alongside the Adeline Gibbs and the Nassau to the Azores. A stop was made at the whaling port of Porto Pim at Horta on the island of Faial to gather supplies before crossing the Atlantic and passing Cape Horn.