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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Plank Progress

Three weeks age we posted photos from Bristol Marine showing the first plank of the starboard garboard strake going in.  Here’s the final plank: David Short shares his thoughts about the Ernestina-Morrissey project in this teaser from Rick Lopes’ Documentary … Continue reading

First Plank Is In!

The first new plank is in place on Ernestina-Morrissey’s frame.  The planks closest to the keel make up the garboard strake.  When the the keel was put in place the top was beveled, as you can see below, to receive … Continue reading

New Year in the Shipyard

There is more than the work on Ernestina-Morrissey that is new in Boothbay Harbor as 2018 begins.  Andy Tyska, president of Rhode Island-based Bristol Marine, has announced the acquisition of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, now called “The Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor”.  … Continue reading

2017: A Year in Review

Thank you Peter Pereira for your great photos! See the SouthCoastTODAY article .Copyright 2017, Peter Pereira/The Standard-Times. All rights reserved. Used with Permission. March 2017: The crew works to construct the laminated keelson. The double sawn timber frames are fastened with wooden … Continue reading

A Visit to the Shipyard

In October Steve Urbon and Peter Pereira from the New Bedford Standard Times/SouthCoast Today visited Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.  Their report “Historic Schooner Gets New Lease on Life” was published on October 28.  Be sure you look at all of Peter’s photos … Continue reading

“We are getting a SUPERIOR SHIP”

SEMA President Julius Britto visited Boothbay Harbor Shipyard this week to view the progress and confer with Harold Burnham and David Short.  His response?  ”We are getting a SUPERIOR SHIP when ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY leaves Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.” Julius expressed gratitude for … Continue reading

Framing Finished!

The latest report from the shipyard is that the framing of Ernestina-Morrissey is complete! For more photos and reports on the progress check the January Commission Report. Harold Burnham, DCR Owners Representative for the Ernestina-Morrissey project, presented at a panel … Continue reading

January Report to the Commission

Wendy Pearl, from DCR’s Office of Cultural Resources, is supervising the Ernestina-Morrissey rehabilitation.  She presents progress reports to the Commission at each meeting.  This month they were excited to hear that frames #8-24 ( in the bow) are complete, and … Continue reading

Year End at the Shipyard

Happy New Year Ernestina-Morrissey!  We look forward to exciting progress in 2017. Phil Smith, a longtime friend of the ship visited the Shipyard last month.  He shared some great photos. About a week later photos from Harold show the bulkhead … Continue reading

Fall in the Shipyard

In September the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard requested an amendment to Ernestina-Morrissey’s rehabilitation contract.  Project Director David Short recommended additional frame and plank replacement in the bow.  The Commission and DCR approved the change and the work has started.

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