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Thousands of people lined the banks of the Mystic River and the museum grounds, while a flotilla of several hundred kayaks, dinghies and small boats packed the river waiting for shipyard lift dock to slowly lower the world’s last surviving wooden whaling ship into the water at Mystic Seaport Sunday, July 21, 2013.

Published: July 21, 2013

The Mystic Fire Department's fireboat sprays a water cannon salute as the Mystic Seaport launches the historic whaling ship Charles W. Morgan into the waters of the Mystic River Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

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