December 2015

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin
December 29, 2015

2015 has brought the beginning of Ernestina-Morrissey's next leg in her amazing voyage of industry and exploration, of immigration and education.  It's not too late for you to give her a good send-off with your 2015 TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation.  
As we look forward to the exciting changes 2016 will bring, take a few minutes to read what's been happening this fall. 
And a Happy New Year to all friends of Ernestina-Morrissey!

Fair Winds,
Mary Anne McQuillan
Secretary, SEMA
David Short Onboard

Fred & David Short
David Short has been hired by  Boothbay Harbor Shipyard as Project Manager for the  Ernestina-Morrissey  hull reconstruction.  David comes with wide experience working with historic wooden ships such as   Lettie G. Howard and 
Roseway.  Schooner Ernestina Commissioner Fred Sterner met with him recently at the shipyard to discuss the project. 
Heavy Lifting

I beam

Ernestina-Morrissey's bow, fore-deck and stem were renewed during the 2008-2009 work funded by a grant from the National Park Service's  Save America's Treasures Program matched by Massachusetts DCR and private donors.  That work must be supported during this project's keel work.

Frames and Fastenings

It is surprising, even startling,  the first time you see the ship with the whole aft deck off.  But then you remember this is what has to happen for the ship to return to sailing again.  You notice the mass of the deck beams and lodging knees that supported the deck,  just amazing!  Then you notice all the stubs of fastenings.  READ MORE ...

Lofting Ernestina-Morrissey

Lofting is a drafting technique (sometimes using mathematical tables) whereby curved lines are generated, to be used in plans for streamlined objects such as aircraft and boats."
Boothbay Harbor Shipyard is lofting the Ernestina-Morrissey
 to bring her closer to her original faired lines and over all shape. READ MORE...

No Following Sea for This Transom!


Schooner Ernestina Commissioner Fred Sterner observed that the stern seems the most obvious problem area to be addressed during the current project to restore the ship's hull.


Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The next Commission meeting will be scheduled for January 2016 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 William St. New Bedford.  

Check the  Upcoming Events on the website  for details.


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Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of raising funds to provide for the maintenance, equipment, manning, programming and operation of the Schooner Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey  as a sail training vessel, school ship, and educational enterprise. 















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Julius Britto 

Vice President:

Robert Hildreth

Louise Croteau


Mary Anne McQuillan  



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Catherine Dempsey

Melissa DeValles

Michael Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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