SCHOONER ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY, was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Under Captain Bob Bartlett she sailed to within 600 miles of the North Pole, and later brought immigrants to the U.S. under the power of sail. Returned to the US in 1982 as a gift from the newly independent Cape Verdean people, she sailed as an educator until 2005.

The Worldwide Waters of Ernestina-Morrissey

~~YOU can be part of the Celebrations~~~  ~when Ernestina-Morrissey Sails Again!~

Will you help us?

Since 1894, Ernestina-Morrissey has sailed oceans and seas, far and wide, and visited many ports.  It has been suggested that every effort be made to collect water from those oceans and seas, bays and ports and co-mingle all of those waters to represent the diversity of all of her history. The combined waters would be used to re-dedicate Ernestina-Morrissey when she is launched this summer.

Please download this collection form (PDF) if you can help us with this project.  Email sails@ernestina.org if you would prefer a fillable WORD doc.

Where can the water come from?

You can see brief descriptions of all of her voyages on THIS TIMELINE.  Just click on the years to see where she has been!

Most of you know she spent her early life on the Grand Banks and in fishing waters along the New England and the Canadian Maritimes coasts.   Then Bartlett

1940-Furthest North, Baffin Island

brought her to the far north, with landfalls in Iceland, Greenland, Labrador, Baffin Island, Fury and Hecla Straight. Many do not know that in 1928 “The Morrissey” went via the Panama Canal, to Seattle, the Aleutian Islands and through the Bering Straits.

As Ernestina,

ERNESTINA already alongside all the way up the quais. MARIA SONY heading into Brava

her Cape Verdean packet years brought her to Southern New England ports, the Islands of Cape Verde and Dakar, Senegal.

Since her return to Massachusetts in 1982 she has been south to the Caribbean, north to Newfoundland and west to the Great Lakes. Where will she go next when she sails again in 2022?

Please contact us at sails@ernestina.org if you can help SEMA gather the waters of Ernestina-Morrissey. We will all have something to celebrate when she returns to the water again this summer!  Help us celebrate her long life as she begins to write a new chapter of her story!

If you can send water representing any of Ernestina-Morrissey‘s amazing voyages to any of the Earth’s oceans please download this collection form and collect some water. Join with others in Ernestina-Morrissey‘s widespread family and make this a great way for everyone to participate in her successful return to sailing the Waters of the World .

If you have any questions please contact us at sails@ernestina.org.

You may have thought of one, or two you could get. Just a few that come to mind are:

In Massachusetts: Essex. Gloucester, New Bedford, Boston, Vineyard Haven, Nantucket and …

In New England: Newport, RI, Bridgeport CT, Portland, ME…

In New York: Fulton Street Market, Staten Island, City Island, and Brooklyn, NYC, Beacon, Hudson and…

In the rest of the US: Seattle, WA, Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Bering Straits, Traverse City, MI, Milwaukee, WI, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dodge Island, Miami, FL and ….

In the Bering Sea: Wrangell Island, and …

In Cape Verde and Africa, Mindelo, Fogo, Brava, and Dakar, Senegal and …

In Canada: Digby, Sidney and Yarmouth, NS, Brigus and St. John’s, NL, The Grand Banks, Victoria, BC, Baffin Island, Hudson Strait, Fury and Hecla Straits, Labrador, Toronto, Montreal & Quebec City, Halifax, Lunenburg, NS and …

Others: Panama Canal, Cape York & Ikateq, Greenland, Reykjavík, Iceland and….

Perhaps you can send water not yet on this list!

Download this collection form.

Thank you for your help!

Chief Engineer and Chief Mate Positions Posted

Ernestina, Gloucester Schooner Race, photo credit Fred LeBlanc

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is an AA/EEO/Veteran/Disabled employer. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.  The Academy asks that all applicants follow the directions on the job postings to apply.  Any applicants directly contacting screening committees may be disqualified from the search.

Application Forms HERE

The Ernestina-Morrissey fulltime positions have been posted and can be found at MMA’s website here:

Chief Engineer/Motor Equipment Operator IV – Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey

Assistant Director/Chief Mate-Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey

The deadline for applications is January 22, 2022.

Information about seasonal crew positions can be found HERE.

Captain Krihwan Interviewed By Erin Short

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One of the Covid-era efforts of Tall Ships America has been a series of interviews released as a podcast “A Barque, a Brig and a Schooner Walk into a Bar”.

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The Season Two finale was an interview with Ernestina-Morrissey’s captain Tiffany Krihwan,

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You can listen HERE.

Enjoy!

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(And if you check out the series you may find some familiar names! )

Ernestina-Morrissey Crew: Now Hiring!

Captain Krihwan has posted the seasonal positions for Ernestina Morrissey on Tall Ships America’s website.  If you are interested the links below provide the details.

Please get the word out.

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Second Mate

Cook

AB (Able Seafarer) ~ two positions

Deckhand ~ (three positions)

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Another Chance!

What a fabulous response for the 10 bags we offered on Wednesday! They were all spoken for in an hour!

But we want to give EVERYONE a chance to get one of the bags so we have decided to make a special offer.

On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, (Ernestina-Morrissey’s 128th “birthday”), a random drawing of names will be held. ANYONE who makes ANY SIZE DONATION during the month of December 2021 will have their name placed on the list. Each name will only be listed once.  One person randomly chosen from the list will receive a bag!  Don’t miss this opportunity to have one of these fantastic bags!

Please respond to the Annual Appeal. All donations will be applied to the Sails Fund.

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AND there is an additional incentive:

a Dollar for Dollar MATCH!

A long-time benefactor was first introduced to all the history of Ernestina-Morrissey and her potential as an educator when he chaperoned his daughter’s school trip in the 1990’s. He has supported the work since then. He has issued a challenge to fully fund the foresail.  He will match any donation up to a total of $10,000. If everyone helps SEMA meet this challenge, we can add $20,000 to the Sails Fund!

Send your donation today!

You can give ONLINE HERE ~~ (PayPal or debit or credit card.) ~~~~~~~ Deadline December 31, 2021

Or download a MAIL-IN FORM HERE ~~~~~~~ postmarked before January 1, 2022

Thank you for your continued support of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. Soon she will be carrying her story across the waters again, your support will help that happen!

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Old Sails into Fabulous Bags! All Spoken For! Thank you!

A Fantastic Response for these Fabulous Bags!

All ten bags have been spoken for.

THANK YOU!

If we are able to get more we will let you know.

Look at these FABULOUS canvas bags from SeaBags!

SeaBags from Ernestina-Morrissey's sails. You can see the logo on the center bag and the banner on the others.

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They were made for SEMA from Ernestina’s sails that are being replaced by a new suit of sails. We have a limited number that will be used to raise funds for the new sails.  The bags are large and marked on both sides with the logo and a banner “One Ship, Many Lives”.

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The handles are one loop of hemp line,

This will give you an idea of the capacity of the bags and the way the hemp-line handles are attached and how well they will support the bags contents

spliced and served, sewn between the outer canvas layer and inner lining providing substantial support no matter how heavy a load you carry.  Each bag is unique with the original stitching from when the sails were constructed for Ernestina and show their years of service. Perhaps you sailed on Ernestina when these sails were capturing the wind and driving her along! What a wonderful holiday gift for a lover of Ernestina-Morrissey.

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Don’t hesitate! There are only 10 available and one can be yours for a $250 donation (plus shipping if outside the SouthCoast area). Please contact us at sails@ernestina.org to reserve one of these unique and handsome bags

Raising the Sails

Thanks to the many Ernestina-Morrissey supporters

who contributed to SEMA’s campaign to fund her new sails we are more than halfway to total funding!  Just the recent “Giving Tuesday” donations totaled $2,364.00.

During this time of giving, as the Holidays continue and a New Year approaches, please consider a donation to “Raise the Sails” on this wonderful, historic vessel.

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You can give ONLINE HERE ~~ (PayPal or debit or credit card.)

Or download a MAIL-IN FORM HERE

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Or consider purchasing a SeaBag. We give thanks for all the wonderful people who support a sailing Ernestina-Morrissey and look forward to sailing with you soon!

Work Starting on Dories

In August some of Ernestina-Morrissey’s dories were moved from the warehouse at New Bedford State Pier to Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Science & Field Operations Center in Marion.  The Coalition has generously provided a place for volunteers to prepare the dories for use again.  Captain Krihwan ordered a tent for storage and a small group mustered to erect it recently.

Tent erected, one dory in place. left to right: SEMA President Julius Britto, former crew Fred Sterner, Coalition captain, Sam Lyons, Captain Tiffany Krihwan. Also, not shown, Joe Pacheco, Gil Perry, former Commissioner Gene Monteiro and Mary Anne McQuillan

Contact us at sails@ernestina.org if you are interesting in helping.

Progress in the Shipyard ~ December 1, 2021

Thank you, Bristol Marine, for sharing the latest news of the great work your crew is accomplishing during the pre-launch fitting out of Ernestina~Morrissey! And thank you to Robert Mitchell of Mitchell Photography for the great photos!  In the attached series of photos, you will see progress on the restoration of the Ernestina~Morrissey at Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor.  Currently, all work on the Ernestina~Morrissey at the Shipyard is being funded through the generosity of the Lenfest Family.

1. Ballasting:

We are installing ballast in the aft cabin beneath the driveline. There is roughly 40,000lbs of remaining lead blocking that will need to be positioned throughout the bilges prior to launch day in the spring.

2. Cross Trees & Cross Trees 2:

David Thorpe is seen here fitting the oak cross trees on the Foremast. The Main Mast is already complete. In the second image, you can see the historical documentation being used to built and install this portion of the rigging.

David Thorpe is seen here fitting the oak cross trees on the Foremast. The Main Mast is already complete. In the second image, you can see the historical documentation being used to built and install this portion of the rigging.

3. Engine Room:

The mechanical spaces are receiving a well-deserved cleanup ahead of electrical installations next week.

4. Main and Foremasts, and the Main Boom

On the right side of the photo Kaz Buozys is checking clamps on the recent lamination for the main boom on the far side of the shop floor. David Short (blue shirt) is seen here wielding his template for shaping the foremast (on the right). The main mast (left) is already 8 sided in this image. Soon, the main and foremast will be completed and ready for coating before hardware is installed.

5. Mast Shaping

David Short monitoring the shaping process. You can see in this image the progress of bringing the Main Mast from 8-sides to 16-sides. This process begins with a chainsaw to rough-cut the mast from a square laminated block into an 8-sided spar. From that point, the crew uses power planes to bring it as closely to round as possible before sandpaper finishes the job. In this image, sandpaper is not far off.

6. Wood Lamination

This is an early image of what the Main Mast looked like during the lamination process.

You can easily access all our past posts about the Ernestina~Morrissey rehabilitation project HERE.

If you would like to help, just click the yellow DONATE button at the right.

Progress in the Shipyard ~ October 5, 2021

Thank you, Bristol Marine, for sharing the latest news of the great work your crew is accomplishing during the pre-launch fitting out of Ernestina~Morrissey! And thank you to Robert Mitchell of Mitchell Photography for the great photos!  In the attached series of photos, you will see progress on the restoration of the Ernestina~Morrissey at Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor.  Currently, all work on the Ernestina~Morrissey at the Shipyard is being funded through the generosity of the Lenfest Family.

Engine Mufflers Installed

The mechanical team has completed the custom installation of our new SoundDown exhaust mufflers. These are water separating units that will use raw water to cool exhaust gasses before they exit from vessel.

Special Delivery

It was exciting to unload and uncover the 8,000 board feet of high quality Douglas fir lumber when it arrived from the Pacific Northwest. This batch of wood was processed from a single tree.

Preparing Material

Jason and Sam Perkins are working together using the planer to bring raw lumber into specific thicknesses and widths necessary for the lamination process. Each board is numbered and is marked to fit into a particular spar in a particular spot. This lamination plan requires absolute accuracy in the preparation of each piece of lumber to ensure that the finished product meets required dimensions.

Big Lumber

There is no easy way to move such large and dense pieces of timber around. Our crew works carefully together using forklifts, heavy duty carts, and sometimes pure strength to maneuver these long and cumbersome components from one area of the facility to another. Before long, when the spars are fully laminated, we will need even larger machinery to efficiently keep the process moving along.

First Layer

Very soon, the first layer will be laminated to start the buildup of the Main Mast. Multiple layers of wood will be needed to achieve the 20" diameter finished dimension that is required. We are all excited to start building this monster spar!

Scarf Jig

Jason Brassard is carefully using our chainsaw cutting jig to prepare 12:1 scarf joints for the lamination of spars. This method is how we will connect 30' and 40' long pieces of wood together to make masts and booms that will ultimately extend up to 80' long.

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You can easily access all our past posts about the Ernestina~Morrissey rehabilitation project HERE.

If you would like to help, just click the yellow DONATE button at the right.

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