Whaling ship touring New England waits out storm in New Bedford port, still open to tourists

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NEW LONDON, Connecticut — A historic whaling ship on its first voyage since 1921 is waiting out a strong Independence Day storm in port in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Mystic Seaport spokesman Dan McFadden says the Charles W. Morgan is currently "in a very, very good position" in its home port of New Bedford until Monday. A large hurricane barrier operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers guards the main shipping channel.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1lZZDBU ) that McFadden said if the forecast worsens, the Morgan could be moved to a more protected place in New Bedford's harbor, but officials would prefer to keep it where it is, open to the public.

It's the last surviving ship from America's 19th century whaling fleet and is touring several New England ports.

Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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