Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Receives Documentary Funding

The National Maritime Historical Society has received a grant of $200,000 from the H. F. Lenfest Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation for its documentary series Sails Over Ice and Seas: The Life and Times of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. Berthed in New Bedford, MA, the Ernestina-Morrissey, the oldest surviving Grand Banks fishing schooner, is rising once again. The schooner is undergoing a carefully crafted, labor-intensive overhaul in Boothbay Harbor that began in 2015.

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Now a National Historic Landmark, Ernestina-Morrissey joined thousands of her sister ships as she was launched from the shores of Essex, Massachusetts, in 1894. The documentary’s 4 one-hour episodes will each focus on a distinct era of her 124 year history—from her start as she fished and carried cargo out of Gloucester, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland (1894–1925); explored the Arctic regions with Captain Bob Bartlett (1926–1945); traversed the Atlantic as a Cape Verde Packet trader bringing immigrants and cargo to and from the shores of America (1948–1968); and advanced educational programming and sail training for people of all ages (1982–present).


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