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.
The pieces of keel have been rolled into place and the top is being fit into place. The four 15,000 pound lead pieces will be jacked up to be joined with the wood along with the scarfed wood keel end … Continue reading
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
In the latest set of photos from the shipyard you can see how the lead ballast will fit into the new keel.
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
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
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
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
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 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