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Timely and up-to-date news about Schooner Ernestina and S.E.M.A.

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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. #

Thank You, New Bedford

The City of New Bedford showed it’s commitment to Ernestina-Morrissey by authorizing $100,000 in Community Preservation funds recently. Soon the Ernestina will no longer be just a “dockside attraction”  but a SAILING ambassador for the Commonwealth and for her home … Continue reading

H.F. Gerry Lenfest; philanthropist and longtime supporter of Ernestina-Morrissey dies at 88

We are very sad to pass along the news that H.F.”Gerry” Lenfest, a great benefactor of the Ernestina-Morrissey, passed away on August 5th. A naval officer, lawyer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Gerry at age 12 in 1942 was supposed to sail … 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

Fair Winds and Congratulations, Melissa DeValles

Melissa DeValles has resigned from the Board Of Directors of SEMA and has been sworn in as a member of the Schooner Ernestina Commission. Melissa brings great experience to the Commission.  In addition to her time on the SEMA board, … Continue reading

Join the Ernestina-Morrissey Whiskey Plank Club!!!

The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association cordially invites one and all to become a part of the schooner’s history when your name is added to the whiskey plank, which will be laid in late July!  A whiskey plank is the last plank … Continue reading

Sails Over Ice and Seas

Rick Lopes has been collecting images and interviews of Ernestina-Morrissey‘s history for over thirty years. His plan to produce a documentary called “Sails Over Ice and Seas: The Life and Times of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey” is falling into place with “the generous … 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

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