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Captain Sought For 19th Century Conn. Whaling Ship

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Photo Credit: Charles W. Morgan (Courtesy Mystic Seaport)

Photo Credit: Charles W. Morgan (Courtesy Mystic Seaport)

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MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) _ Only experienced mariners need apply for this job.

Mystic Seaport is looking for the first captain in more than 90 years for the historic whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan.

The Connecticut maritime museum has been restoring the 172-year-old wooden ship, preparing it to sail across New England next summer.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1a5Tnk0 ) that seaport officials said the captain must be an experienced mariner and also be comfortable with the public because of the media attention and crowds the ship will attract during its three-month trip.

Applicants must possess a 500-ton Near Coastal Master license and have 10 years of command experience on traditional sailing vessels with extensive knowledge in square-rig sailing.

The Morgan’s last voyage ended in 1921 and it’s the world’s only surviving wooden whaling ship.

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