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In the summer of 2014 the Charles W. Morgan embarked on an unprecedented voyage to historic ports in New England. Over an 80-year career, the 1841 whaleship sailed on 37 voyages to remote corners of the globe. This voyage, her 38th, may perhaps be her most important. Where once the Morgan’s cargo was whale oil and baleen, today her cargo is knowledge.
The decision to sail the Morgan was based on Mystic Seaport’s commitment to make history come alive for today’s audience. The 38th Voyage called attention to the value of historic ships and the important role America’s maritime heritage plays in this country’s history, and raised awareness about the changing perception about whales and whaling.