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The Morgan returns home to New Bedford

As the Morgan returns to its old homeport Wednesday, June 25, 2014, for the first time since 1941, it is being celebrated as a lucky ship that survived epic storms and Arctic ice. But its greatest luck was withstanding the sustained indifference of the city that launched it on its globe-spanning career.

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A police boat escorts the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan sailing in Buzzards Bay en route from Martha's Vineyard to New Bedford Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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The historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan sails in Buzzards Bay en route from Martha's Vineyard to New Bedford Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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The Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan passes the Palmer's Island Lighthouse as it makes its way into New Bedford Harbor returning to its port of origin for the first time in 73 years Wednesday June 25, 2014.

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The Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan approaches the outer hurricane barrier as it makes its way into New Bedford Harbor returning to its port of origin for the first time in 73 years Wednesday June 25, 2014.

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The whaleship Charles W. Morgan passes the hurricane barrier at the entrance to the harbor in its historic homeport of New Bedford Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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The Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan makes its way into New Bedford Harbor returning to its port of origin for the first time in 73 years Wednesday June 25, 2014.

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The Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan makes its way into New Bedford Harbor returning to its port of origin for the first time in 73 years Wednesday June 25, 2014.

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The Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan makes its way into New Bedford Harbor returning to its port of origin for the first time in 73 years Wednesday June 25, 2014.

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Smoke rises from a ceremonial canon blast from Fort Phoenix on the Fairhaven side of the entrance to New Bedford harbor as the whaleship Charles W. Morgan arrives in its historic homeport of New Bedford Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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Fairhaven Massachusetts is seen on the Eastern shore as the Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan makes its way into New Bedford Harbor returning to its port of origin for the first time in 73 years Wednesday June 25, 2014.

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