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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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

Fairing and Caulking

These photos were taken in July, 2018.  Thank you, Bristol Marine! You can easily access all our posts about this project HERE. If you would like to help just click the yellow DONATE button at the right. #

Planking Progress Continues

During the Boothbay Harbor Windjammer days in June the crew presentated a demonstration of the planking process for the public. After you check out the video take a look at the photos below for further explanation. The planking started in … Continue reading

Preparing Planks for the Transom

Ernestina-Morrisssey’s new transom is being fitted to the frames. The transom has an extreme curve and some of the planks must be steamed and bent to a form to set the needed curve of the planks.  Some members of the … Continue reading

Deck Beams Going In!

The crew at the Bristol Marine Shipyard in Boothby Harbor has made great progress since our last post in April!  The planking continues, up from the keel and down from the sheer.  The last plank of the  (shutter) strake, called … Continue reading

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