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African Hardwoods

Why are there African hardwoods in a ship built in Essex, Massachusetts in 1894? A knee is a structural element in the frame of a wooden ship.  The Ernestina was renovated in Cape Verde in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  … Continue reading

The Tallest of Tall Ships

In the 2014 Autumn issue of Sea History Magazine, (you can access all issues by scrolling down HERE)  Captain Walter Rybka wrote about his ranking of the most historically significant American vessels. The first three are naval vessels, the USS … Continue reading

An Anniversary of a Record Run!

Ernestina-Morrissey, as Effie M Morrissey and as Ernestina, has had many close calls since 1894. In 1912 under Captain Harry Ross she left Portland Maine for her fishing grounds, Lurcher Shoal, near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in December. ~ “From the dock in Portland … Continue reading

38th Anniversary – Ernestina Arrives in New Bedford

The Repatriation Voyage of Ernestina ended in Newport, RI on August 24th where the vessel and crew could clear US Customs.  But Newport was not her final destination!  After dark on August 28 Ernestina entered her new homeport, New Bedford, … Continue reading

Remembering Chet Brigham

Five years ago Chet Brigham published Phoenix of the Seas, a new up-to-date history of Ernestina-Morrissey. The book was very important as SEMA began the fundraising campaign to fund some of the work on Phase I. We have learned that at … Continue reading

NOV./DEC. WoodenBoat Features Cape Verdean/Education Eras of Ernestina-Morrissey

The second in a three part series of articles in WoodenBoat Magazine has been released.  A recounting of the years from 1948 to 2014, the article also features great photos!  Editor Matt Murphy also gives a great shout-out to the … Continue reading

42 Years Ago: Bajanga Remembered

We are nearing the 37th anniversary of Ernestina-Morrissey’s return to Massachusetts as a gift to the people of the United States from the Republic of Cabo Verde.  John Braman recently sent us this story about some of the efforts to make that return possible.  … Continue reading

Adapting for New Work

Ernestina-Morrissey has always been working vessel. As she became “old tech” for one use she was adapted to serve another captain and function. Ernestina-Morrissey is a State and a National Historic Landmark and any rehabilitation and change must be supervised by … Continue reading

Why Ernestina-Morrissey Is Important

We received this note with a membership request for the Whiskey Plank Club.  How many have had experiences like this while the ship sailed?  Everyone has a story, and I can’t wait until there are more sailing stories to be … Continue reading

Sails Over Ice and Seas

Rick Lopes has been collecting images and interviews of Ernestina-Morrissey‘s history for over thirty years. His plan to produce a documentary called “Sails Over Ice and Seas: The Life and Times of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey” is falling into place with “the generous … Continue reading

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