Whaleship Charles W. Morgan bound for Martha’s Vineyard

From onboard the Morgan, headed for Vineyard Haven. — Doug Cabral

The Charles W. Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaleship of the 19th century American fleet, departed Fort Adams, off Newport, Rhode Island, Wednesday morning, bound for the Vineyard. The ship is including a stop in Vineyard Haven this week as part of her 38th voyage. This will be her first-ever stop at Martha’s Vineyard. Islanders will be able to view the ship on her way to the Island, as well as tour the ship after arrival, beginning Saturday, June 21.

She is expected to arrive in Tisbury Wharf Wednesday late afternoon/evening, where she will be greeted by sailboats flying pennants. See a route map here.

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, she 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 she arrives in Vineyard Haven Harbor.

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