SEMA Committees

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Adapting for New Work

Ernestina-Morrissey has always been working vessel. As she became “old tech” for one use she was adapted to serve another captain and function. Ernestina-Morrissey is a State and a National Historic Landmark and any rehabilitation and change must be supervised by … Continue reading

Almost Ready for Paint!

Thanks to Robert Mitchell and Bristol Marine we have more great photos to share.  As Spring arrives in Maine Ernestina-Morrissey is undergoing the final preparations before painting. The work is on schedule to finish Phase I by  June 30. Check … Continue reading

Rudder

Rudder: an underwater blade that is positioned at the stern of a boat or ship and controlled by its helm and that when turned causes the vessel’s head to turn in the same direction. In 2015 the shipyard crew removed the … Continue reading

The New Rudder Is Coming Together

Robert Mitchell made another visit to the shipyard and sent along these photos. The rudder post is purpleheart. One of the defining characteristics of purpleheart wood is the strength, density, and durability of its lumber structure.  The contract with the shipyard requires … Continue reading

The Past and the Future

We recently heard from Jose Andrade.  In the 1990′s we knew him as the deckhand “Little Joe”.  Fred Sterner says he could throw a heaving line further than anyone.  His Dad, “Big Joe” and his Mother were, and still are,  … Continue reading

Decking Nearly Done, Cabin Trunk Rising.

Robert Mitchell has sent us more photos!  Thank you!  We are excited to be able to share these with you, just AMAZING!  These are of the work on the deck and cabin trunks. Here’s a post from last spring about … Continue reading

Thank you, New Bedford!

On the last Friday of 2018, Julius and Mary Anne met Anne Louro, the Preservation Planner in the offices of the New Bedford Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development, to receive a $100,000 grant from the City’s Community Preservation … Continue reading

Transom’s Done, All Hull Planking Complete!

On October 25 this was the only opening left in the sides of Ernestina-Morrissey.  Shutter Plank day had arrived. This last plank “shuts up” the hull and is 26 feet long, 3 inches thick like all the planking,  and from … Continue reading

A Milestone Reached, Thanks All Around!

The last plank for the rehabilitation of Ernestina-Morrissey was placed on October 25, 2018 at Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Some of you have stopped by the shipyard to watch the progress and you know how truly amazing … Continue reading

Thank You, Whiskey Plank Club Sponsors!

Under cool, sunny skies the ceremonial, final “shutter” plank was laid into the hull of New Bedford’s very own historic, Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey.  The October 25th event marked a major milestone in the complete rebuild of the Schooner that has been … Continue reading

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