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New Bedford Bids Farewell to the Charles W. Morgan, Departure Delayed

A bittersweet day Sunday as New Bedford bid farewell to the historic whaling ship Charles W. Morgan. The ship capped a port visit that attracted thousands of tourists to the city with a ceremony and performance by Jimmy Buffet tribute band Changes In Latitude. Mystic Seaport President Stephen C. White also presented New Bedford with a parting gift, a piece of the Morgan, to be displayed at City Hall. Called a futtock, the short wooden beam made up part of the ship’s original structure. White said that the Morgan’s visit is an example of what museums should be all about …

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The Morgan attracted almost 40,000 visitors, according to city officials.

Mystic Seaport officials announced Sunday, the Morgan’s departure would be delayed by one day, because of strong winds and gusts forecasted for Buzzards Bay.  The Charles W. Morgan will leave New Bedford on Tuesday, with the next stop on its historic 38th Voyage to be the Massachusetts Maritime Acadamy at the south end of the Cape Cod Canal. .

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