After nearly 80 years of waiting, the oldest surviving whaling ship is back in New Bedford.

The Charles W. Morgan arrived at New Bedford State Pier Wednesday afternoon after a seven hour journey from Vineyard Haven.

The Morgan's captain, Kip Files, says he is honored to be a part of history...

The Morgan is traveling with a full crew and additional guests for each leg of its journey along the coast of New England.

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The ship has undergone a $10 million restoration over the past five years.

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It will open to the public on Saturday morning at 10 AM. The ship will remain in the harbor through the Fourth of July weekend.

Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Charles W. Morgan crew at work.