MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — For the first time in more than 90 years Mystic Seaport is looking for a captain for its historic whaling ship: the Charles W. Morgan.
After a four-year restoration the Charles W. Morgan was finally launched in July. It's currently tied up to a dock. As part of the ongoing restoration and the effort to get the ship seaworthy they're going to need a person to captain the ship.
"I think it will be a difficult choice to make," said Dana Hewson, Mystic Seaport.
The ideal skipper for the 172-year-old whaleship will have experience with large square rig vessels, but will also be comfortable being the public face of the historic ship. In May the Charles W. Morgan is expected to set sail on a two-month tour taking it to New London, Newport, New Bedford, Martha's Vineyard, Provincetown, and Boston. It's first voyage since 1921.
"I imagine sailing this ship now will be a little different than it was 92 years ago," said News 8's Tina Detelj.
"Yes, this will be very different than any of its voyages in its past," said Hewson. "We're billing this as largely a ceremonial voyage."
"I bet there are plenty of people interested in steering this one," said Peter Erikkson, visitor.
Erikkson and his family have watched the Morgan go through it's transformation at Mystic Seaport, mainly the restoration of her hull.
"I saw downstairs again," said Erikkson.
"What was down there," asked Detelj.
The rigging and emergency equipment still have to be installed so the ship is ready to set sail in the Spring.
"She is truly priceless," said Hewson. "She is the second oldest vessel afloat in the United States, the Constitution being the oldest."
The person who takes the helm, which still needs to be installed, isn't the only person the Seaport is looking for. It still needs to hire a whole crew.
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