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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Ernestina-Morrissey Safe in Boothbay

After a 24 hour trip under tow from New Bedford, Ernestina-Morrissey has arrived at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, her berth for the next few years while she undergoes reconstruction to ready her for her fifth life.  More photos will be posted … Continue reading

Ernestina-Morrissey Headed for Maine Sunday April 12

Finally, the news we have been waiting since December for!  The Ernestina-Morrissey will start her voyage from New Bedford State Pier to Boothbay Harbor approximately 8:00 am Sunday, April 12. Viewing from the pier will be limited because of the reconstruction of … Continue reading

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

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