NOAA to support restored whaling ship’s journey

Charles W. Morgan

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — For decades the 19th century ship Charles W. Morgan sailed the globe hunting whales for their oil.

On a voyage this summer the restored ship will sail the New England coast to promote conservation strategies for whales.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday announced a partnership with Mystic Seaport to support the upcoming journey of the Morgan. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will work with the museum to develop science and outreach activities around the voyage.

The museum has spent five years restoring the ship that was built in 1841.

The Morgan is expected to depart June 14 on a trip that will take it to several New England ports as well as the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay.

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