Charles W. Morgan Whaleship is on her way to the Vineyard

The Charles W. Morgan sailing en route to Newport on June 15, 2014.
The whaleship departed Newport Wednesday morning, bound for Martha's Vineyard.
Courtesy Mystic Seaport

The Charles W. Morgan sailing en route to Newport on June 15, 2014.
The whaleship departed Newport Wednesday morning, bound for Martha's Vineyard.

The Charles W. Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaleship of the 19th century American fleet, will make a stop in Vineyard Haven this week as part of her 38th voyage.

Islanders will be able to view the ship on its way to the Island, as well as tour the ship this weekend.

The Morgan departed Newport, Rhode Island at 7 am this morning . She is expected to arrive at Tisbury Wharf later today where she will be greeted by sailboats flying pennants.

The earliest post to catch a glimpse of the Morgan on her way to the Vineyard will be Gay Head. As the ship draws nearer, it can be viewed all the way along the North Shore from points such as Menemsha Hills Reservation, Lambert’s Cove Beach, and Makonikey. Eventually, the ship will come into view from West Chop, Eastville Beach, and the Vineyard Haven jetty as it arrives in Vineyard Haven Harbor.

Follow a live progression of the Morgan’s 38th voyage at mysticseaport.org/38thvoyage/chart/.

The Charles W. Morgan will be docked and open to the public at the Tisbury Wharf, June Saturday, 21 to Tuesday, June 24. Visitors can enter the vessel, which is the last wooden whaleship and the oldest American merchant ship still afloat, and browse a dockside exhibit from 9 am to 5 pm. Martha’s Vineyard will be the third stop along the Morgan’s 38th voyage since the ship first launched in 1841.

At 7:30 pm on June 24, after the ship has set sail, the M.V. Film Center will collaborate with Mystic Seaport and Sail MV to present a Charles W. Morgan documentary screening. Special guests writer Bailey Pryor, producer Steve Jones, Mystic Seaport Shipyard Director Quentin Snediker, and Morgan Ship’s historian Matthew Stackpole will speak after the film, the proceeds from which will benefit the ship’s restoration. For more information about the Morgan, visitmysticseaport.org/charleswmorgan.