Charles W. Morgan departs Vineyard Haven

At about 9:30 am, the Charles W. Morgan departed Vineyard Haven harbor. — Nelson Sigelman

The whaleship Charles W. Morgan departed Vineyard Haven harbor Wednesday morning, accompanied by the sounds of horns and cannons from nearby boats and the cheers and applause of people gathered on nearby docks. Onlookers at East Chop and West Chop followed her progress out of the harbor.

During her 80-year whaling career, which included 37 globe-girdling voyages, the Charles W. Morgan never visited Vineyard Haven. Built in New Bedford in 1841 and now preserved, reconstructed in authentic detail, and relaunched by the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, the Morgan, with Captain Kip Files at the helm, arrived at the Tisbury Wharf Company’s dock last Wednesday, after a splendid day’s sail from Newport for a seven-day stay.

During the four days she was available for tours, the Morgan hosted 7,822 Islanders and visitors; Island school children visited Monday and Tuesday.

She was bound for New Bedford, on a route down Vineyard Sound, through Quicks Hole into Buzzard’s Bay. The Morgan will be in New Bedford, welcoming visitors until July 6, when she will travel through the Cape Cod Canal to Provincetown, followed by Stellwagen Bank, then to Boston from July 18-22, before returning to a welcome home in Mystic, Connecticut.