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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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 it was stacked on pallets. At least parts of the keel were replaced during the reconstruction in Cape Verde. The plans … Continue reading

New Year in Boothbay

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

Frames and Fastenings

It is surprising, even startling,  the first time you see the ship with the whole aft deck off.  But then you remember this is what has to happen for the ship to return to sailing again. You notice the mass … Continue reading

Heavy Lifting

Ernestina-Morrissey’s bow, fore-deck and stem were renewed during the 2008-2009 work funded by a grant from the National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures Program matched by Massachusetts DCR and private donors.  That work must be supported during this project’s keel … Continue reading

David Short Onboard

David Short has been hired by Boothbay Harbor Shipyard as Project Manager for the Ernestina-Morrissey hull reconstruction.  David comes with wide experience working with historic wooden ships such as Lettie G. Howard and Roseway.  Schooner Ernestina Commissioner Fred Sterner met … Continue reading

News from Boothbay Harbor

These half models, crafted by Capt. Harold Burnham were shown at the recent Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting to demonstrate how the shear of Ernestina-Morrissey will be restored with the work going on at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.  Although there are no … Continue reading

Friendraising and Fundraising for Ernestina-Morrissey

Next week’s Working Waterfront Festival will cap a summer of events presenting Ernestina-Morrissey to old friends and new. Although our favorite ship, Ernestina-Morrissey will not be in her usual berth for the Working Waterfront Festival it is important that we reach … Continue reading

The News from Boothbay Harbor Shipyard

Work is progressing at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and many of you that have visited have sent photos.  Commissioner Fred Sterner met with the shipyard crew July 29.  The photos have been compiled in a Flickr Album.  When you click on a … Continue reading

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