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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Great Work, DCR!

Since the last post 3 weeks ago the SouthCoast has experienced storm after storm along with bitter cold. The winter cover was not installed this year because we all anticipated a break in the weather to allow the ship to be … Continue reading

Ship Safe After Blizzard

DCR staff were assigned to watch over Ernestina-Morrissey during the recent blizzard.  Today Paul and David are busy clearing snow from the deck.  The winter cover is not in place anticipating the trip to the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, but the … Continue reading

Always Work to Do on a Ship

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

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