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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Stern Structure Taking Shape

Ernestina-Morrissey‘s stern needed to be entirely rebuilt, as you could tell from the photos posted previously.  While the new keel is being moved into place the shipwrights are working on the timbers that will provide the frame for the stern. … Continue reading

Getting the New Keel Ready

In the latest set of photos from the shipyard you can see how the lead ballast will fit into the new keel.

What’s Old is New Again

The lead ballast removed from Ernestina-Morrissey last summer has returned to Boothbay Harbor Shipyard. As the lead was removed from the bilges it was stacked on pallets. The plans for the present rehabilitation include a keel with external ballast. The … Continue reading

New Year in Boothbay Harbor

As the New Year begins, the dismantling of Ernestina-Morrissey continues but in the sheds the new construction begins! Here is a photo from November to compare. The “ceiling” is the planking that covers the frames on the inside of the … Continue reading

Ernestina-Morrissey’s Stern

Fred visited Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in mid-November, 2015.  These photographs were taken then. You can read about the efforts to repatriate the Ernestina-Morrissey from 1972-1982 by clicking the dates on the left of the timeline. By mid-December, 2015, the cover … Continue reading


“Lofting is a drafting technique (sometimes using mathematical tables) whereby curved lines are generated, to be used in plans for streamlined objects such as aircraft and boats.” Boothbay Harbor Shipyard is lofting the Ernestina-Morrissey to bring her closer to her original faired … Continue reading

Frames and Fastenings

It is surprising, even startling,  the first time you see the ship with the whole aft deck off.  But then you remember this is what has to happen for the ship to return to sailing again. You notice the mass … Continue reading

Heavy Lifting

Ernestina-Morrissey’s bow, fore-deck and stem were renewed during the 2008-2009 work funded by a grant from the National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures Program matched by Massachusetts DCR and private donors.  That work must be supported during this project’s keel … Continue reading

David Short Onboard

David Short has been hired by Boothbay Harbor Shipyard as Project Manager for the Ernestina-Morrissey hull reconstruction.  David comes with wide experience working with historic wooden ships such as Lettie G. Howard and Roseway.  Schooner Ernestina Commissioner Fred Sterner met … Continue reading

News from Boothbay Harbor

These half models, crafted by Capt. Harold Burnham were shown at the recent Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting to demonstrate how the shear of Ernestina-Morrissey will be restored with the work going on at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.  Although there are no … Continue reading

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