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Time lapse: Charles W. Morgan revealed

Published June 22. 2013 2:00PM   Updated June 22. 2013 4:20PM

By Sean D. Elliot and Peter Huoppi

Publication: theday.com

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As the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan nears completion, the scaffolding and plastic sheeting that has surrounded the 172-year-old wooden whaling ship for two years has been removed. The Day's camera has been recording the process since May 1 as workers in Mystic Seaport's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard prepare for the ship's July 21 launch.

Next spring, the Morgan will first travel to New London, where it will spend three weeks preparing for the voyage and doing sea trials.

Escorted by a tugboat and the Roann, a fishing vessel restored at the Seaport, the Morgan will then sail to Newport, R.I., Vineyard Haven, Mass., New Bedford, Mass., the Cape Cod Canal, Provincetown, Mass., Stellwagen Bank in Massachusetts Bay, Boston, and back to New London before returning to the Seaport in September.

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