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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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

Trunnels

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

Planking Has Started

The hull of a ship like Ernestina-Morrissey is curved from stem to stern and from keel to bulwarks.  As a result every plank has to be shaped to fit with its mates to form those curves. The process starts with … Continue reading

Preparations for Aft Deck

Ernestina-Morrissey’s fore deck was renewed in 2008-’09.  The aft deck is a step up from the fore deck as the curve of the schooner’s sheer continues to the transom. A beam forms the step at the break in the deck.

Fastenings

In 1894 Effie M. Morrissey was fastened with trunnels and iron. Iron and wood served again when Ernestina was prepared for her return to Massachusetts in 1982. The current rehabilitation of Ernestina-Morrissey is using the traditional locust trunnels and corrosion … Continue reading

Old Tech-New Tech

I was struck, on a recent trip to the shipyard, by the juxtaposition of “the old way” and the modern tools both in use by the shipwrights working on Ernestina-Morrissey. One example is the techniques used for holding the planks … Continue reading

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