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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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

Lining Up the Keel

The pieces of keel have been rolled into place and the top is being fit into place.  The four 15,000 pound lead pieces will be jacked up to be joined with the wood along with the scarfed wood keel end … Continue reading

Stern Structure Taking Shape

Ernestina-Morrissey‘s stern needed to be entirely rebuilt, as you could tell from the photos posted previously.  While the new keel is being moved into place the shipwrights are working on the timbers that will provide the frame for the stern. … Continue reading

Getting the New Keel Ready

In the latest set of photos from the shipyard you can see how the lead ballast will fit into the new keel.

What’s Old is New Again

The lead ballast removed from Ernestina-Morrissey last summer has returned to Boothbay Harbor Shipyard. As the lead was removed from the bilges it was stacked on pallets. The plans for the present rehabilitation include a keel with external ballast. The … Continue reading

New Year in Boothbay Harbor

As the New Year begins, the dismantling of Ernestina-Morrissey continues but in the sheds the new construction begins! Here is a photo from November to compare. The “ceiling” is the planking that covers the frames on the inside of the … Continue reading

Ernestina-Morrissey’s Stern

Fred visited Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in mid-November, 2015.  These photographs were taken then. You can read about the efforts to repatriate the Ernestina-Morrissey from 1972-1982 by clicking the dates on the left of the timeline. By mid-December, 2015, the cover … Continue reading

Lofting

“Lofting is a drafting technique (sometimes using mathematical tables) whereby curved lines are generated, to be used in plans for streamlined objects such as aircraft and boats.” Boothbay Harbor Shipyard is lofting the Ernestina-Morrissey to bring her closer to her original faired … Continue reading

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