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 […]
Following a busy weekend of visitors, the Charles W. Morgan is expected to leave Tisbury Wharf for New Bedford at 9 am, Wednesday morning. “When we leave is the most frequently asked question,” a Morgan crewmember manning the massive inflatable whale said Tuesday morning. During her 80-year whaling career, which included 37 globe-girdling voyages, the […]
The Vineyard, apart from shore whaling by Wampanoag Indians, lived on farming, shore fishing, and coastwise schooners passing north and south through Nantucket and Vineyard sounds. Its contributions to the 19th century heyday of American whaling were crewmen — Azorean sailors, Gay Head (Wampanoag) Indian harpooners, and Vineyard sailors, mates and captains. The Morgan’s visit memorializes their vital places in her celebrated commercial history.
Dispatch from onboard the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, 1:50 pm, Wednesday, June 18, 2014: Most of the sails are set, but more are in waiting. The captain has taken a hitch toward Tarpaulin Cove on Naushon Island. There he will tack or jibe and head across toward Menemsha Hills. The breeze is strong, and there […]
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 […]