Progress in the Shipyard – January 08, 2021


Happy New Year! We are looking forward to spending the next New Year’s Eve together, watching fireworks through the rigging of Ernestina-Morrissey again!

While we wait please enjoy the latest report for the Shipyard:

Thank you, Bristol Marine, for sharing the latest news of the great work your crew is accomplishing during the pre-launch fitting out of Ernestina-Morrissey!  In the attached series of photos, you will see progress on the restoration of the Ernestina-Morrissey at Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor.  Currently, all work on the Ernestina-Morrissey at the Shipyard is being funded through the generosity of the Lenfest Family.


Foc’sle bunks

Sam Perkins is carefully fitting the last few vertical partitions for the port side benches. These benches will serve a dual role in this space. A large mess table will be built in the center of the cabin and these benches will serve as the seating. The benches will also serve as storage spaces for the personal belongings of each bunk occupant.

Waste Tank installations

Devon and Mike have carefully loaded all the remaining waste tanks in the ship. Here, they are installing the starboard side black water tank. This tank was built of fiberglass by our team at the Shipyard. We chose fiberglass for it's non-corrosive properties and durability. These fiberglass tanks are incredibly strong.

Sink installation

The Aft Cabin sink has been installed, and looks terrific! The cupboard door will remain off until the plumbing is completed in the next couple of weeks. Once everything is hooked up, a final coat of varnish will be applied before the entire unit is wrapped in protective coverings until sea trials next summer!

Aft Head Door

We all have been following this project closely. The door is finally hung, and it looks perfect. The quality of work speaks for itself.

Plastic Tanks

In this ship, we have different tank construction methods for different purposes. The tank shown here was recently delivered from our partners at Triple M Plastics in Kennebunk, ME. Plastic, or more accurately polyethylene tank construction is light and durable. This style tank is used across the industry for many different purposes. We chose to use this style for our grey water waste tanks. Unlike the black water tanks, these will never be pressurized and should serve their purpose very well for years to come.

Ventilators installed

These large ventilators have been placed and installed on top of their respective dorade boxes. These are quite large, and look terrific as a pair. The dorade boxes were built specifically to match the exact camber of the deck while remaining level along the top surface. Unlike other ventilators on the ship, these two have a very important purpose. These provide a specific volume of air to adequately ventilate the Engine Room. The port side ventilator is designated as the intake, while the starboard side will be mated to an exhaust fan in the engine compartment to cycle the air through the space. Like everything on a ship, they are beautiful but also serve a purpose.