Whaling ship launching in Conn. after $7M overhaul

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Associated Press

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 13 at 10:03 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The world's last surviving wooden whaling ship is hitting the water again after a nearly $7 million restoration project at Connecticut's Mystic Seaport.

The 380-ton, 106-foot-long ship is scheduled to be launched July 21, the 172nd anniversary of the vessel's original launch in New Bedford, Mass. The ship is expected to visit historic ports in New England in 2014.

The ship, a National Historic Landmark, made 37 voyages over 80 years across every ocean in the world from the heyday to the waning days of whaling. It developed a reputation early on as a lucky ship, surviving storms and avoiding Confederate raids.

Those involved in the project say the ship makes history come alive and highlights an industry that played a crucial role in the early American economy.

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