SEMA Committees

Acitvities of SEMA committees

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Save the Date

There are a few events to share in September and if you can volunteer some time in Gloucester on September 3 or New Bedford on September 24 please CONTACT US. Gloucester Schooner Festival and Maritime Heritage Day The 32nd annual … Continue reading

Busy Summer

Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days The summer had a great kick-off for Ernestina-Morrissey with an invitation to Boothbay Harbor’s Windjammer Days.  The vessel was celebrated along with the schooners of the Maine Windjammer Fleet.  With the center of the action at … Continue reading

July at the Shipyard

The ship is starting to look like herself again.  It’s like watching a house frame going up.  It seems like you will be able to move in in a month, and then all the rest of the building begins.  It … Continue reading

June at the Shipyard

Work is progressing on the Ernestina-Morrissey. Here’s what the ship looked like at the end of June. And now to the new stern framing. In June the crew was finishing up the cant frames, working forward to the frames that … Continue reading

New Stern Structure Coming Together

Ernestina-Morrissey‘s stern is getting all new framing as you know from previous posts .  The work is coming together beautifully as you can see. To give you a sense of scale of the project, the photo below is the cant … Continue reading

A temporary L bracket is used to pull the tenon into the mortice.Shipwrights at Work

The work on Ernestina-Morrissey‘s rehabilitation is just amazing and beautiful.  Much of the credit goes to the shipwrights who have the very best materials to work with. The frames of Ernestina-Morrissey are double-sawn (two separate pieces of wood fastened together).  They … Continue reading

Amazing Oak!

Materials procurement has been one important facet of this first year’s work by Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and with the help of Harold Burnham, DCR’s owner’s representative on the project, they have stockpiled some amazing wood including Danish oak and Georgian … Continue reading

A Busy April in the Shipyard

The previous posts have described the process of cutting the futtocks.  Here you see the futtocks fastened together to form a frame.  The curves in the frames cannot be cut from a single piece of lumber so futtocks are sawn and … Continue reading

Cutting Futtocks from Live Oak

Ross Branch, one of the shipwrights working on the Ernestina-Morrissey project at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard has developed an ingenious way (Patent Pending) to use a special chain saw to cut the live oak futtocks for the ship. Notice the guide … Continue reading

Futtocks and Frames Beginning to Take Shape

The framing of a ship the size of Ernestina-Morrissey cannot be cut from a single piece of wood so futtocks are cut and paired to form the frames as shown in this schematic.  Care is taken to make sure that … Continue reading

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