Massachusetts: Whaleship returns home to New Bedford

Charles W. Morgan
Charles W. Morgan
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The old whaling town of New Bedford next month will welcome home the iconic Charles W. Morgan, the oldest commercial ship still afloat and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The only older ship afloat in the United States is the USS Constitution. The Charles W. Morgan launched from New Bedford in 1841 and made its last visit to New Bedford during World War II. To mark the Morgan’s return, the city is planning several days of celebrations and activities beginning June 28 that include history presentations, folk music, parades, fireworks and whaleboat races.

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