Maintenance and Operations Committee

Purpose: To provide recommendations and technical guidance related to short and long term planning for the operation, maintenance, and preservation of the historic schooner Ernestina.

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Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days

We visited the Shipyard in June during Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days.  Bristol Marine held a reception on Monday to share the work they are doing. Ross Branch described the work and the shipwrights provided an above and below deck tour … Continue reading

Phase I Nearly Complete

We are lucky that we have supporters that send us photos so we can share the progress with you. Our last post was April 24.  We have some catching up to do: In mid-May Dave Thompson and John Fialkowski sent us … Continue reading

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: 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

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

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

Shutter Plank In!

The shutter plank (the last strake-plank) has been pounded in, the Ernestina-Morrissey’s hull is fully planked!  A HUGE Thank You! to the Ernestina-Morrissey project crew at Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Thanks to the Whiskey Plank Club for … Continue reading


The planks are being attached with silicon bronze screws and trunnels.  A trunnel (tree-nail) “is like a large dowel, pounded into a hole drilled through the pieces of wood to be fastened together, and set by pounding wedges into both … Continue reading

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