Almost Ready for Paint!

Thanks to Robert Mitchell and Bristol Marine we have more great photos to share.  As Spring arrives in Maine Ernestina-Morrissey is undergoing the final preparations before painting. The work is on schedule to finish Phase I by  June 30. Check out last summer’s post about fairing and caulking before taking a look at the latest: 2.5 miles worth of seams to seal!

Here the last bit of the stern is being caulked. The lower planks already have the finishing seam compound. credit Robert Mitchell

The new Douglas fir aft deck is sealed. Now the sealant is being applied where the planking meets the break in the deck which steps down to the foredeck. The platform masked in blue is where the opening for the main mast will pass through to the mast step on the keel. credit Robert Mitchell

Below the waterline a mixture of roofing tar/Portland cement is being applied to seal the seam with the cotton and oakum already in place. credit Robert Mitchell

The topsides are sealed with white seam compound and here are being sanded before painting. credit Robert Mitchell

The beautifully and traditionally detailed cap rail tops the bulwarks. The scuppers are at deck level. These details will show her restored sheer here on the port side, aft. credit Robert Mitchell

This is a view from the stern looking down the port side. On the right side foreground is the hatch that will cover the steering gear. It is resting on the hatch covering the scuttle to the lazarette. credit Robert Mitchell

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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 Lenfest 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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