Phase I Nearly Complete

We are lucky that we have supporters that send us photos so we can share the progress with you. Our last post was April 24.  We have some catching up to do:

New sign for the Shipyard, Thanks to all the crew in Boothbay Harbor for a terrrific job well done! credit John Fialkowski

In mid-May Dave Thompson and John Fialkowski sent us these:

The steering gear has been restored and installed on the purple heart rudder shaft and it is ready for the wheel. credit Dave Thompson

Here’s a photo of the rudder shaft in place from David Short.

Working on framing for aft cabin companionway and caulking the cabin top. credit Dave Thompson

The main fife rail will hold the belaying pins for the down haul and Main Topsail gear and the main bits at the forward side are for the mainsail throat and peak halyards. credit Dave Thompson

2009 fore deck and new covering boards, stantions and bulwarks. credit Dave Thompson

Looking aft with the new deck, the open engine room hatch and the aft cabin. credit Dave Thompson

In the stern, the monkey rail is complete and the lower rail is ready for the main sheet tackle on the boom buffer. credit Dave Thompson

Here’s a photo of what this looked like in Fall, 2015.

From the port quarter looking forward to the bow. credit Dave Thompson

The cutless bearing is ready for the propellar shaft and the bottom paint is done. credit Dave Thompson

This is an earlier photo showing the final caulking, for a "before and after" port side. credit Dave Thompson

Anti-fouling paint all set port side. credit John Fialkowski

Chain plates for foremast shrouds are installed and the starboard bow is ready for final paint. credit John Fialkowski

Aft cabin and quarterboard primed. credit John Fialkowski

Here's the prop, ready to go! credit John Fialkowski

On May 31 John Bullard documented an inspection visit:

DCR Commissioner Leo Roy and members of the Schooner Ernestina Commission met in Boothbay Harbor on May 31 to inspect Ernestina-Morrissey. credit John Bullard

Commissioner Roy gave an update before the group viewed the vessel.

The planning for Phase II is nearly complete.

Commissioner Roy and DCR Project Manager Wendy Pearl had questions answered by Harold Burnham and Andy Tyska. credit John Bullard

Captain Harold Burnham explained the work, here with Bob Hildreth. credit John Bullard

Wendy Pearl, Leo Roy and Bob Hildreth at the bow with Ernestina-Morrissey inscribed above. credit John Bullard

Final painting is complete. credit John Bullard

MMA's Captain Craig Dalton (left) has been working on the plans for Phase II. credit John Bullard

Craig was recently interviewed by Marlinspike Magazine.

The propellar is in place. credit John Bullard

Bristol Marine owner Andy Tyska (left) and Craig Dalton (right) credit John Bullard

The windlass is ready for action. credit John Bullard

Andy Tyska, John Bullard and Bob Hildreth discuss the new deck.

Bob Hildreth "at the wheel" credit John Bullard

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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