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.
Leon Poindexter’s and his crew are preparing the masts and rigging and will raise the masts by June 1. Return here often to check on the progress. Check out a video of the Spar Shop lathe in action. This new … Continue reading
A GREAT thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to get the cover off Ernestina and THANKS to DCR crew Manny and Dave. DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert told the Ernestina volunteers that they were among 5,000 volunteers in … Continue reading
DCR carpenter Manny Silva and additional DCR winter staff David and Paul have accomplished a lot since the Commission visit in January.
RESCHEDULED for Saturday April 27. It’s time to get Schooner Ernestina ready for the summer season. Let’s get that winter cover off! Please sign up on DCR’s Park Serve Page. Step #1: “Select a park” – scroll down and select … Continue reading
The recent Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting included a visit to Ernestina to review the work being done and to examine concerns yet to be addressed. Karl Pastore, South Region Director and Bob Mackenzie, South Coast Director explained the work in … Continue reading
The Commission and DCR would like to begin a pilot program to allow volunteers to work on Ernestina for more than just the two major annual work days that have been held recently. DCR will identify projects that will involve … Continue reading
All is well with Ernestina after the passage of Hurricane Sandy. I wish I could say the same for the Bounty. Many of Ernestina’s crew sailed on Bounty and know the missing captain, Robin Walbridge. We all need to thank the Coast Guard for … Continue reading
On Friday, July 27 Ernestina‘s new foremast was delivered to New Bedford State Pier. The mast was purchased by SEMA and donated to the Ernestina Commission. The mast donation was matched by DCR’s Partnership Matching Funds Program. The mast is … Continue reading
On Saturday, May 12 a crew of volunteers participated in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ‘s Annual Volunteer Day by working on projects for Ernestina. The cadets were very enthusiastic about Ernestina and planned to carry the news back to Massachusetts … Continue reading
SEMA has received notice from Commissioner Ed Lambert that our purchase of the foremast for Ernestina has been matched by DCR’s Partnership Matching Funds Program. This 2:1 match will provide an additional $47,000 “for replacement of the foremast and repairs to the … Continue reading