Saving Ernestina

by Lois Lepisto August. 19, 2017 930 views

Ernestina was born on February 1, 1894 in Essex, MA and was named Effie M. Morrissey. She began her career as a fishing schooner out of Gloucester, MA and brought fishermen to The Grand Banks, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. In 1926 she was purchased by an Archic explorer and in 1940 came within 578 miles of the North Pole - farther north than any sailing ship had ever been. 1942-45 she was an Arctic supply and survey ship for the U.S. Navy. In 1947 we almost lost her to a fire. She sunk but was raised and her name was changed to Ernestina.

For a complete history please visit ernestina.org - she's had quite a career!

Ernestina is now a State and National Historic Landmark.

I first saw Ernestina in 2008 at the Boothbay Shipyard in Maine. She was getting parts of her hull repaired. Most recently she returned for a more complete restoration....

They cut the hull in half!!!!!!

They cut the hull in half!!!!!!

Building the new hull.  It's quite a process..... each piece is numbered.

Building the new hull. It's quite a process..... each piece is numbered.

I've been photographing her progress and she is going to be breathtaking when she's done. She will then begin her next journey as a sail training vessel.

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