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Under cool, sunny skies the ceremonial, final “shutter” plank was laid into the hull of New Bedford’s very own historic, Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. The October 25th event marked a major milestone in the complete rebuild of the Schooner that has been … Continue reading
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Tuesday, November 27, reminds everyone, in this season of shopping and gift giving, to remember the organizations that work to bring good to our world. SEMA’s mission is to raise funds and support Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. For #GivingTuesday we ask you … Continue reading
The shutter plank (the last strake-plank) has been pounded in, the Ernestina-Morrissey’s hull is fully planked! A HUGE Thank You! to the Ernestina-Morrissey project crew at Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Thanks to the Whiskey Plank Club for … Continue reading
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
These photos were taken in July, 2018. Thank you, Bristol Marine! First a layer of cotton is fitted in the seam with a caulking iron struck by a caulking mallet then a layer of oakum is tamped into the seam … Continue reading
During the Boothbay Harbor Windjammer days in June the crew presentated a demonstration of the planking process for the public. After you check out the video take a look at the photos below for further explanation. The planking started in … Continue reading
The City of New Bedford showed its 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
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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
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