Thank you for making the Homecoming of the Charles W. Morgan a truly memorable event for New Bedford! Check out our Charles W. Morgan Homecoming photo albums on flickr and facebook!

The Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat – only the USS Constitution is older. Its historic Homecoming to New Bedford will be nothing short of spectacular with nine days of concerts, programs, regattas, whaleboat races and parades, a whaling history symposium, public ceremonies and much more!

Over an 80-year whaling career, the Morgan embarked on 37 voyages between 1841 and 1921, most lasting three years or more. Built for durability, not speed, she roamed every corner of the globe in her pursuit of whales. She is known as a “lucky ship,” having successfully navigated crushing Arctic ice, hungry cannibals, countless storms, Cape Horn roundings and, after she finished her whaling career, even the Hurricane of 1938. Find out about more about the history, restoration and preservation of the Charles W. Morgan.

Visit The New Bedford Whaling Museum for more information on whaling history as well as treasured Charles W. Morgan images and resources.



Mainsail Sponsors

Mayor Jon Mitchell/City of New Bedford
Senator Mark Montigny/Mass Office of Travel and Tourism

Headsail Sponsors
Anonymous Gift
Southeastern Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Standard Times

Mainstay Sponsors

The Mary Morley Crapo Hyde Eccles Fund
New Bedford Historical Society
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Russell Morin Fine Catering

Keel Sponsors
AFC Cable Systems
Anonymous Gift
Michael Dury
Reynolds DeWalt
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Boston Marine Society
Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Co./Men’s Wearhouse