Ernestina on the Railway in Fairhaven.
On Monday morning, June 6, the Tug Jaguar took Ernestina alongside
and her lines were cast off.
With Captain Charlie Mitchell at the helm of Jaguar the two vessels traveled in tandem from State Pier
across New Bedford Harbor to Fairhaven Shipyard. Onboard were DCR crew Jeff Carter and Manny Silva, shipwright Leon Poindexter, and former Ernestina crew Willi Bank and Fred Sterner.
The ship was expertly positioned to enter the cradle
and then Jaguar stood by as the Shipyard crew carefully positioned Ernestina for her journey up the railway.
Once the cables held her in exact position the chain began pulling the cradle up the rails.
With several pauses for careful repositioning of the blocks the skillful crew from Fairhaven Shipyard insured Ernestina was perfectly balanced as she rose from the water.
Ernestina will be on the ways for a few weeks while she is inspected,
routine maintenance is completed and Coast Guard required repairs are made.
The Schooner Ernestina Commission expects to receive estimates of the work needed to regain certification to carry passengers during this haul-out.