SCHOONER ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY, was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Under Captain Bob Bartlett she sailed to within 600 miles of the North Pole, and later brought immigrants to the U.S. under the power of sail. Returned to the US in 1982 as a gift from the newly independent Cape Verdean people, she sailed as an educator until 2005.

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.

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

If you would like to help, just click the yellow DONATE button at the right.

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NBWNHP Hosts Captain Krihwan

The New Bedford Whaling National Park recently hosted an opportunity for SouthCoast community members to meet Ernestina-Morrissey’s new captain, Tiffany Krihwan. Although we were inside due to the weather, a great group gathered to welcome Captain Krihwan to New Bedford. There were a lot of great questions and conversations. Refreshments were served and the conversations continued. It was wonderful to be able to gather the crew again!

Thank you, NBWNHP!

A great group gathered to meet Capt. Krihwan

Captain Tiffany introduced herself, described the latest work at the Shipyard, invited attendees' questions and provided informative responses

Thank you, Superintendent Jen, and also Rangers Lindsay and Jan for being such great hosts!

Ernestina-Morrissey’s Return to Massachusetts

The next meeting of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Advisory Board (SEMAB) will be held on Friday, October 29 at 9 am.

Please note this discussion item on the agenda!  “Shipyard departure route discussion”:  a discussion about the port/ports Ernestina-Morrissey may visit on the voyage to her homeport, New Bedford.

AGENDA

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM Introduction,  Jose Centeio

9:05 AM – 9:15 AM Approval of minutes (Oct 1, Aug.  6,  June 25, 2021)

9:15 AM – 9:20 AM Report from DCR, Wendy Pearl

9:20 AM – 9:25 AM Report from Bristol Marine, Andy Tyska

9:25 AM – 9:30 AM Report from MMA, Elizabeth Simmons

9:30 AM – 9:35 AM Report from SEMA

9:35 AM – 10:20 AM Shipyard departure route discussion

10:20 AM – 10:25 AM Next Commission Meeting

10:25 AM – 10:30 AM Public Comment

10:30 Adjournment

The meeting of SEMAB will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. No in-person attendance of members of the public will be available. They will use their best effort to ensure that the public can access the proceedings in real time, via technological means.

For more information about attending this meeting and any future meetings, visit the SEMA “Upcoming Events”.

The next scheduled meeting of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Advisory Board will also be posted on the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Ernestina-Morrissey page of their website.

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Schooner Adventure’s Fundraising Sail for Ernestina-Morrissey

It was a perfect day of sailing on an Essex-built schooner in Gloucester.

Schooner Adventure hosted a group of Ernestina-Morrissey supporters who enjoyed a fantastic sunset sail with the very best conditions. They included representatives of several of the vessel’s lives: Clayton Morrissey, grandson of Effie M. Morrissey‘s 1895 captain, joined us with his daughter and her husband. Laura Pires-Hester and Julius Britto who worked on the repatriation from Cape Verde from the late 1970′s until 1982 when the vessel, then Ernestina, was presented as a gift from Cape Verde, received by the state of Massachusetts.  Laura joined the Schooner Ernestina Commission in 2007 and served as chair for several years while the plans for the vessel’s  future were being made. Julius is currently the President of SEMA. Members of the Education years’ (post 1982) crew were aboard too, and DCR staff that have worked hard to return the now Ernestina-Morrissey to sailing and serving the Commonwealth. And Ernestina-Morrissey‘s future was represented by her current captain, Tiffany Krihwan.

The money raised will go toward buying Ernestina-Morrissey‘s new Fisherman’s Staysail dedicated to Cape Ann.

Thank you to Polly Zajac for the terrific organizing of everything! the sail, the catering and sign-up.

And thank you to Captain Wheeler and the great crew of the Schooner Adventure!

As they say a picture is worth 1,000 words so enjoy these:

Safety talk from Adventure's crew before embarking.

Ernestina-Morrissey Captain Tiffany Krihwan meeting Clayton Morrissey, 1895 Effie M. Morrissey's Captain's grandson. On the right, John Andrew and Ann Morrissey Andrew, Clayton's daughter.

Ready to raise the peak of the foresail

Working together, hauling up the foresail

As the crew hauls the lines, the mate makes sure all is well aloft with the gaff and lines..

Furling the main in the glow of the setting sun.

Sunset over Fort Point, Gloucester. A perfect end to a wonderful sail!

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 was on our minds too. Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck recognized the day by displaying the Flag with their crane. Adventure was being restored in 2001 and Ernestina was completing a transit from Norwalk CT and was dockside in New Bedford.

All the photos can be found in SEMA’s Flickr

Polly also posted photos on the SEMA Facebook Page

If you are not already getting our email Newsletter you can sign up in the right-hand column.

The Newsletter is the best way to keep up with Ernestina-Morrissey‘s progress as she gets ready for launch next year.

Progress in the Shipyard~ September 7, 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.

Spar construction begins this week!

1. Aft Cabin + Nav Desk

The Aft Cabin is looking terrific! The crew have done an incredible job of building out this space to reflect the layout and spirit of her past. Oak, Cypress, and Mahogany all complimenting each other with a bright finish!

2. Aft Cabin + Officer’s Mess

This is another view of the Aft Cabin looking towards the Starboard aft corner where a mess table and storage cabinet have been installed.

3. Clean Deck

Looking like a ship ready for action! Notice all the bright white dorade cowls built by Frank Luke in East Boothbay. We are excited to see rigging begin in the coming months.

4. Complete Plumbing System

The engine room is chock full of plumbing systems, manifolds, and tanks. This image shows the majority of this work, nicely arranged and secured to the bulkhead. Fuel plumbing is colored yellow in accordance with USCG regulations. Large diameter bronze plumbing is designated to our Fire Suppression and Dewatering systems. The grey CPVC is USCG certified for fresh water systems.

5. Foredeck + Propane Box and Charlie Noble

All components here, with the exception of the Propane Box, have been refurbished as opposed to being replaced. Looking like new after some careful attention and thoughtful rehab.

The black “Charlie Noble” is the stove pipe to vent the cook stove.  This replacement was constructed by students at New Bedford Regional-Vocational Technical School in 2014.  Read more about their work HERE.

6. Main Cabin (Fish Hold)

The Main Cabin of the ship is looking quite welcoming these days. All furniture installations are complete, including the primary Mess Table. Notice the ship's library along the centerline bulkhead.

7. New Cooking Stove

What a beautiful piece of equipment! The Viking Series 7 Range has been installed in the Galley complete with a custom fireproof metal bulkhead to protect the forward scuttle. We are all very impressed with how well this fits in the space.

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

If you would like to help, just click the yellow DONATE button at the right.

Sail aboard Schooner Adventure to benefit Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey!

Sail aboard Schooner Adventure to benefit Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey!

SUNSET SAIL – Saturday, September 11, 2021, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us in scenic Gloucester, Massachusetts aboard Schooner Adventure for a 3-hour sunset cruise to benefit Schooner Ernestina Morrissey.  All proceeds will be used to

Here is the Fisherman flying during the 2001 Gloucester Schooner Race which Ernestina won!

purchase the new Fisherman staysail for Ernestina-Morrissey. Light hors d’oeuvres and clam chowder will be served.  The sail will depart from Maritime Gloucester dock, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA. Details will be sent with your boarding pass.  Tickets are limited to 50 passengers and are $100.

Online payment is preferred, by PayPal (use the PayPal link provided on the form) or by Venmo. Use the form  HERE. Be sure to click SUBMIT at the end of the form.

Details will be sent to you with your boarding pass.

Schooner Adventure

Schooner Adventure is one of Ernestina-Morrissey‘s Essex, MA sisters.   Effie M. Morrissey was launched from Essex 32 years earlier and, no longer fishing from Gloucester, was heading to the Arctic when Adventure was launched in 1926.  Adventure fished until 1953 and was the last American dory fishing trawler left in the Atlantic. When Adventure arrived back in Gloucester in 1988 she needed restoration and refitting to qualify for US Coast Guard certification.  Ernestina came to Gloucester to hold fundraising sails for Adventure.  Captain Stefan Edick offered to return the favor for “the Morrissey” and we will set sail at 4 pm on Saturday, September 11.  Thank you Schooner Adventure!

photo credit northofboston.org

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Join us for a beautiful Sunset Cruise and support Ernestina-Morrissey!

See www.ernestina.org for details.

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Don’t wait!  Tickets are limited!

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Meet Captain Tiffany Krihwan

SouthCoast friends of Ernestina-Morrissey will have an opportunity to meet Captain Tiffany Krihwan, Ernestina-Morrissey‘s new captain, hosted by the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and  SEMA.

6:30 -7:30 pm, Thursday, September 16, 2021

Weather permitting, we will meet outside in the Garden for introductions, a short talk, and a Q&A,

followed by a short reception with refreshments and conversation.

In case of inclement weather, we will gather in the Maker Space in the Corson Building.

The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is as follows:

COVID-19 Mask Requirement

Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings.

It’s time for ALL Ernestina-Morrissey folks to start gathering again!

It will be great to see everyone again!

Progress in the Shipyard~ June 15, 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.

Main Cabin Flooring

Sam Perkins has been working hard to finish the installation of the Douglas fir finished flooring in the Main Cabin (Fish Hold). Once complete he will begin trimming for the lift-out-panels that will provide access to plumbing, tanks, and bilge storage areas

Dorade Boxes

Jason Brassard is busy scribing the new dorade boxes to the deck in front of the Main Cabin Housetop. These boxes will help maintain ventilation in the space all while keeping water from dripping into the interior.

Fuel Filters

This image shows a very nice installation of Racor fuel filters for the starboard side generator. All filter systems for each engine have now been installed and will be plumbed to each engine in the coming days

Galley Cabinetry

Installed above the starboard galley counter are a very nice set of custom cabinets ready for hardware and final fitting. The fit and finish of all fine carpentry on board is terrific. This is just another great example of how details make all the difference.

Main Cabin Shower

The head enclosure and shower stall are being installed this week. You can see the shower pan and plumbing all in place awaiting a waterproof liner that will finish the space. Toilets, and bath fittings are set to be installed over the summer.

Milling

David Thorpe and David Short are hard at work in our beautiful carpentry shop. Processing material from rough sawn lumber to finished installations is an important aspect of this project and requires a full set of quality tooling to handle the volume. The Ernestina~Morrissey is lucky to have high quality facilities to pair with talented shipwrights.

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

If you would like to help just click the yellow DONATE button at the right.

Ernestina~Morrissey’s Crew

Ernestina-Morrissey’s Crew

Ernestina-Morrissey has a diverse crew of supporters.  They represent all the parts of her amazing life and they are all looking forward to the next chapter, welcoming The Maritime Watch on deck!

There are folks, whether by family or geography, that know her best as Effie M.MorrisseyThe Cape Ann Watch, some from ship builder and fishing families, feel the strongest ties to her Grand Banks days over 100 years ago! From Nova Scotia and across the United States supporters reach out to SEMA.  Then there is The Bartlett Watch, with connections to the years in the Arctic, when Newfoundlander Captain Robert A. Bartlett took “My Little Morrissey” north for 20 summers with scientists and young men exploring the northern waters and then serving in World War II.

There are folks that know her best as Ernestina, renamed when she became a Cape Verdean packet under Henrique Mendes’ command. For 20 years she carried cargo and passengers on trans-Atlantic voyages from Cape Verde to Southern New England. In 1975, the new Republic of Cape Verde, resolved to return the Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey to the United States as a gift. Cape Verdean-Americans cheered as Massachusetts received that gift in 1982.

Since 1982 The Cape Verde Watch has continued to support Ernestina,

joined by a diverse Homeport New Bedford Watch. They and their families had

A bright future for Ernestina-Morrissey!

transformative experiences aboard Ernestina as the crew conducted a variety of educational programs for thousands while sailing out of New Bedford.  They look forward to a bright future for Ernestina-Morrissey when she returns to her official educational mission and to Homeport~New Bedford.

Today, with the signed Act to Preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey in force, Massachusetts Maritime Academy will continue the renamed Ernestina-Morrissey’s educational mission. The Maritime Watch will join the other watches that represent the amazing history of this vessel that we all love!  SEMA looks forward to seeing everyone in this Ernestina-Morrissey Crew of diverse supporters working together toward a shining future for Ernestina-Morrissey at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Hurrah! Effie M. Morrissey ~    Viva! Ernestina ~ Hooray! Ernestina-Morrissey

Welcome! Massachusetts Maritime Academy Alumni!

Massachusetts Maritime Academy will continue the renamed Ernestina-Morrissey’s educational mission. The Maritime Watch will join the other watches that represent the amazing history of this vessel that we all love!

What a great introduction to the Ernestina~Morrissey was presented to the MMA Alumni  in the latest issue of The Bulletin, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Alumni magazine. SEMA thanks The Bulletin for the mention of our “All hands to the halyards”, campaign.

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We welcome you to to the Ernestina-Morrissey’s crew!

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