Progress in the Shipyard – November 20, 2020

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.

3D Design

This is a 3D model of the engine room on Ernestina-Morrissey. Our talented design team is working hard to define all interior spaces well ahead of later installations. This helps us be as efficient as possible when it comes time for engines, tanks, and plumbing to join the ship.

Foc’sle fit-out

For the past few weeks, our shipwrights have been busy in the Foc'sle building out the accommodation spaces. This area of the ship will include the Galley, 12 berths for the crew, a head, and a dining table.

Fuel Tanks

Our custom aluminum diesel fuel tanks have arrived. These tanks will each house 500 gallons of fuel storage to be used by the Main Engine and two generators. The tanks are built of high-quality aluminum for corrosion resistance and weight-saving purposes.


Kaz, one of our newest shipwrights is seen here in the final stages of a custom-fitted corner post that will be used to finish the Aft Cabin head project. This is a great example of the time and attention to detail that our team regularly devotes to all the projects on the Ernestina-Morrissey. This particular component has turned out beautifully and we look forward to seeing it installed and brightly varnished.

Main Cabin Projects

In the Main Cabin, where accommodation installations will begin soon, work is underway preparing for the final fit-out. Sam is seen here working on the interior "light-ceiling". This inner planking is installed to isolate the hull planking and frames from the interior spaces. Ventilation holes are included across the top edge to ensure that air can freely flow between the "ceiling" and the hull to help keep the wood from deteriorating over time. All of the vertical partitions that create bunks, cabinets, and lockers will be built directly to this surface in the coming weeks.