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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Row for Ernestina

Ernestina needs two good hands.  Are  you a rower?  Will you join the dory crew? Ernestina’s dory will have a place of honor in the Boat Parade on Sunday June 29th during the celebration of the Charles W. Morgan’s Homecoming. … Continue reading

Busy Spring for Ernestina

Paul Alexio, DCR Supervisor, and volunteers have been busy since the winter cover came off.  And the planning for Ernestina-Morrissey’s future continues. Harold is consulting for DCR on the plans for Ernestina. Ernestina has a new Charlie Noble thanks to a … Continue reading

A New Charlie Noble for Ernestina

Ernestina has a new Charlie Noble thanks to a donation from SEMA and the expertise and labor of Dennis Tetrault’s Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies students at Greater New Bedford Regional-Vocational Technical High School.  They took the old rusted-out part … Continue reading

It’s Spring! The Cover is OFF!

Saturday April 26 was DCR’s Park Serve Day. Despite the rain over 20 volunteers mustered to help take off the winter cover.  With the assistance of several DCR staff and an early start, the job was done before noon.  Some … Continue reading

Ernestina’s Dories are Getting Ready for Summer

DCR’s winter maintenance staff, David Pires has brought one of Ernestina’s dories to the workshop to get it ready for summer. The Commission plans to have a dory to display alongside the ship during The New Bedford Homecoming of the … Continue reading

SEA Students Visit

Captain Carl Herzog,  former Schooner Ernestina mate, visited the ship several times this summer with his classes of high school students from Sea Education Association. * * * * *

Ernestina’s Masts Are UP!

May 31, 2013 dawned clear and calm.  The crane from N.C. Hudon arrived at 9 am and the crew was ready.   Ernestina was ready too! Placing the coins in the step is an important tradition. Read More … The … Continue reading

Ernestina Masts Going Up May 31

The coins are ready and the crane is scheduled for 9 am Friday May 31. The coin placing was documented by SouthCoastToday in print and video. The history of the coins that were already under the masts is interesting, just … Continue reading

Re-Rig Project Has Begun

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

Park Serve Day Brings Spring to Ernestina

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

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