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One of the most important ships in the history of America’s maritime heritage returns to the sea on Sunday, July 21, following a mammoth restoration project costing about $7 million and lasting nearly five years.
Mystic Seaport’s Charles W. Morgan — soon to be the oldest merchant ship afloat — will be relaunched during 2 p.m. ceremonies, which are open to the public with Seaport admission.
Seaport spokesman Dan McFadden said a “ceremonial breaking of a bottle over the Morgan’s bow and lowering of the vessel into the Mystic River will highlight the day’s celebration.”
Ric Burns, the award-winning documentary filmmaker, will deliver the keynote address. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to attend.
McFadden said that having a shipyard at the museum is “critical to enabling us to tackle such a complicated and expensive project both practically and financially.”
All work was done in its Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.
The nonprofit Seaport, a museum and 19-acre re-created 19th-century New England seafaring village (with authentic buildings), has been committed to the restoration for two reasons: its importance to the history of both America and the museum.
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