(CBS Connecticut) — For the first time in more than 72 years,  the Charles W. Morgan has left Mystic Seaport, headed out on a nearly three-month journey to historic ports in Southern New England.  (See photos, courtesy Mystic Seaport)

After more than five years of restoration,  the last wooden whaleship  led a procession of vessels from Mystic Seaport, down the Mystic River, to Fishers Island Sound and arrived at New London’s City Pier.

The Morgan was towed for Saturday’s first portion of the vessel, casting off at 9:11 a.m. and arriving in New London at 12:48 p.m.

The ship is a National Historic Landmark vessel, built in 1841.  Over the Morgan’s whaling history, it made 37 voyages.  This will be its 38th.  It will be open to the public in New London next Saturday and Sunday and June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It leaves on the next leg of its voyage on June 14,  headed for Newport, R.I.


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