There will be a brief farewell ceremony in the Mystic Seaport Shipyard at 8:45 a.m. Saturday with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and other dignitaries offering comments.
At 9:15 a.m., a tugboat will push the Morgan down the Mystic River. It will then tow it through Fishers Island Sound and up the Thames River to New London, where it will berth at City Pier about 2 p.m. Accompanying the Morgan down the Mystic River will be the museum's steamboat Sabino, fishing vessel Roann and five whaleboats rowed by Seaport staff and volunteers.
Rain is forecast for Saturday. The museum has said the trip is contingent on favorable weather conditions, and high winds and waves are among the factors that could force a postponement to Sunday. Any postponement will be posted on www.mysticseaport.org.
The museum is asking people interested in viewing the Morgan journey by boat to provide room for it and the tugboat to maneuver in the Mystic River channel. Boaters are being asked to wait south of the railroad bridge to give the ship maximum clearance in the most constricted part of the river. Boaters are also asked to stay a minimum of 50 yards behind and on each side and 100 yards in front of the boat at all times. A boater's guide is available on the Seaport website.
In addition to the Seaport and City Pier, the prime viewing location is expected to be Mystic River Park on Cottrell Street in Mystic as the ship will pass by just a few yards away.
The ship can also be seen from the banks of both the Mystic and Thames rivers. Other viewing spots are the southern tips of Groton Long Point and Bluff Point State Park, the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus and Eastern Point Beach in Groton.
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