When the Charles W. Morgan was sailing through Vineyard Sound toward Vineyard Haven last week, she passed by the very spot where the second to last surviving whaling ship wrecked nearly 90 years ago.
The whaling bark Wanderer--she stood in for the Charles W. Morgan during sailing scenes in the moving Down to the Sea in Ships--was the last whaling ship to sail out of New Bedford. Shortly after leaving New Bedford for a whaling voyage, she anchored off Cuttyhunk and was wrecked during a fierce storm on August 24, 1924.
With that, the Charles W. Morgan became the last surviving whaling ship. And 90 years later, she sailed again.