Progress in the Shipyard ~ October 5, 2021

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! And thank you to Robert Mitchell of Mitchell Photography for the great photos!  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.

Engine Mufflers Installed

The mechanical team has completed the custom installation of our new SoundDown exhaust mufflers. These are water separating units that will use raw water to cool exhaust gasses before they exit from vessel.

Special Delivery

It was exciting to unload and uncover the 8,000 board feet of high quality Douglas fir lumber when it arrived from the Pacific Northwest. This batch of wood was processed from a single tree.

Preparing Material

Jason and Sam Perkins are working together using the planer to bring raw lumber into specific thicknesses and widths necessary for the lamination process. Each board is numbered and is marked to fit into a particular spar in a particular spot. This lamination plan requires absolute accuracy in the preparation of each piece of lumber to ensure that the finished product meets required dimensions.

Big Lumber

There is no easy way to move such large and dense pieces of timber around. Our crew works carefully together using forklifts, heavy duty carts, and sometimes pure strength to maneuver these long and cumbersome components from one area of the facility to another. Before long, when the spars are fully laminated, we will need even larger machinery to efficiently keep the process moving along.

First Layer

Very soon, the first layer will be laminated to start the buildup of the Main Mast. Multiple layers of wood will be needed to achieve the 20" diameter finished dimension that is required. We are all excited to start building this monster spar!

Scarf Jig

Jason Brassard is carefully using our chainsaw cutting jig to prepare 12:1 scarf joints for the lamination of spars. This method is how we will connect 30' and 40' long pieces of wood together to make masts and booms that will ultimately extend up to 80' long.


You can easily access all our past posts about the Ernestina~Morrissey rehabilitation project HERE.

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