History of the Schooner Ernestina
March 1, 2012
SouthCoastToday: A lot of water has flowed under the keel of the Schooner Ernestina since the morning of February 1, 1894. It was then that the 112’ schooner, christened as the Effie M. Morrissey, slid down the ways at the Essex, Massachusetts, shipyard of James and Tarr.
Few there could have imagined what lay in store for the graceful black-hulled sailing craft which would go on to achieve fame and distinction over the next century as a fishing vessel on the Grand Banks, as a research vessel in the Arctic ice and as an immigrant ship serving the Cape Verde Islands.