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2016 has been an exciting year for Ernestina-Morrissey and you can be a part of it! The title of Chester Brigham’s excellent “biography” of the schooner, Phoenix of the Sea, speaks to the multiple times she has emerged from what … Continue reading

Fall in the Shipyard

In September the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard requested an amendment to Ernestina-Morrissey’s rehabilitation contract.  Project Director David Short recommended additional frame and plank replacement in the bow.  The Commission and DCR approved the change and the work has started.

Summer’s Over in the Shipyard

Philanthropists Gerry Lenfest and Bob Hildreth viewed the progress on Ernestina-Morrissey’s rehabilitation in August.  Together they have provided $2.8 million toward this project and we thank them for their continued interest in the future of the ship.  Join them, DONATE … Continue reading

Recycle + History = Art

This summer artists from the SouthCoast visited New Bedford State Pier to glean surplus material from the Ernestina-Morrissey storage area.   Chuck Smiler and Gallery X‘s Chuck Hauck organized this opportunity for artists to “re-purpose” the material they gleaned with the … Continue reading

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

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