Historic Ship Charles W. Morgan to Launch July 21


Ship to be Christened with Waters from Around the Globe

Mystic, Conn. – Mystic Seaport will launch the National Historic Landmark vessel Charles W. Morgan in a public ceremony at the Museum’s shipyard at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21. The day is the 172nd anniversary of the ship’s original launch in New Bedford, Mass. in 1841 and marks a significant milestone in her five-year, nearly $7 million restoration.

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The ship will be christened by Sarah Bullard, the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Waln Morgan, one of the original owners and the man after whom the vessel was named. She will break a bottle containing water gathered from the oceans upon which the ship sailed during her 80-year whaling career, including the North and South Atlantic, the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Water from New Bedford and Mystic will be included to represent her first and current homeports. Upon the christening, the ship will be lowered into the Mystic River in a process that will take approximately 20 minutes.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), and State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) will participate in the ceremony. Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns will deliver the keynote address.

The U.S. Coast Guard Band will provide music beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Public viewing of the launch will be standing-room only in the shipyard.


Credentials: Media covering the event will need to be credentialed to gain access to the shipyard. Camera locations are limited and space needs to be reserved in advance to ensure a location. Parking is available in the Museum lots across Rte. 27 from the Museum.


Live video stream: Mystic Seaport will provide a live HD video feed of the event via Livestream.com. The feed can be accessed through the Museum’s website www.mysticseaport.org. Media outlets are invited to embed the feed on their own sites. The embed code can be found at the


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