Morgan completes first day of sea trials

The historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan is escorted through Long Island Sound by a small flotilla of spectator and support vessels on the first of four days of sea trials Saturday, its first time under sail in 93 years. The Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaleship and the oldest American commercial vessel in existence, will begin a three-month voyage through southern New England June 14. "The ship exceeded all expectations and performed wonderfully. She is faster than we thought she would be, she turns easier, and she handles really well. We could not be more pleased," said Capt. Kip Files after Saturday's shakedown cruise. The National Historic Landmark vessel has been a static exhibit at Mystic Seaport since 1941. Her last whaling voyage, her 37th, ended in 1921. The sea trials in preparation of her 38th voyage will continue today, Wednesday and Thursday.

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