This was the first time that she had left Mystic since 1941 and was on a tour of the ports of New England. At New London the 105ft Charles W. Morgan was fitted with running rigging and her sails were bent ready for sail trials.
The Morgan was towed out into Long Island Sound for the first day’s sailing. With her support vessel Roann, the whaler visited Stellwagen Bank for two days, where there were large numbers of whales feeding.
The Morgan’s Captain, Kip Files also commands the 170ft iron barque Elissa, built by Alexander Hall at Aberdeen in 1877 that has in the past been sailed from her home port of Galveston, Texas to Mystic. Captain Kip normally skippers his own 126ft 3-masted schooner Victory Chimes of Rockport, Maine. This schooner was built in 1900 to load timber and go through the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal between the bays. She traded until 1946 and was moved to New England and became the largest ‘dude’ (holiday) schooner working there.
In 1974 I went aboard her at Rockport when she was being rebuilt and I was very impressed with the large centreboard, which, like many of the American schooners, she had to work in shallow waters.