Progress in the Shipyard – October 6, 2020

Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor provided us a deeper look into the day-to-day efforts being made in Boothbay Harbor onboard the Ernestina Morrissey.  Their team is working hard each day to make this ship the new standard-bearer for quality in the Tall Ship community. 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.

Shipwright Dave Thorpe fitting out the Aft Cabin with one of four bunks designed to original specifications. This cabin will closely resemble the original layout as-built in 1894.

The Fish Hold cabin top receiving a thin layer of dynel and epoxy to seal and protect the wood for many years to come.

The Fish Hold cabin house being "dry-fitted" prior to final installation.

Lead Shipwright David Short showing off the newly refurbished Galley Hatch.

This bulkhead separates the forward cabin (Foc'sle) from the main cabin (Fish Hold). This was the final structural bulkhead to be installed.

Kevin, one of our talented painters, is working hard to strip years of paint and corroded metal from an original Ventilator. This piece is being meticulously restored to its original condition and will remain with the Ernestina Morrisey when she leaves us next summer.

One of our shipwrights carefully sands and shapes the new windlass. This piece was built to mimic the same windlass that arrived with the ship, and will be a functional replica of centuries-old technology.

This Project to rehabilitate Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, the official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is being supported by a public/private partnership with funds from  the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The H.F. Lenfest Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, the Hildreth-Stewart Charitable Foundation, The Manton Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - Mary Morley Crapo Hyde Eccles Fund, the City of New Bedford’s Community Preservation Act Program,  the Carney Family Foundation, the Island Foundation, other grants and many individual contributions.

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