Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Restoration Moves Forward

This photo shows the starboard sheer plank being installed using wooden trunnels.

Work continues apace on the restoration of the Ernestina-Morrissey, the historic (1894) wooden schooner that usually resides in New Bedford Harbor. In 2015, the ship was towed to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where a complete restoration began at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard (recently purchased by Bristol Marine).

On Feb. 22, the first new plank—a massive 5” by 12” by 24” piece of Danish oak—was placed on the Ernestina-Morrissey’s frame, and by March 12, the sheer planks had been installed using traditional wooden trunnels.


Learn more about the Ernestina-Morrissey here.

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If you want to get technical about the work, here’s a boatbuilder’s take:

The photo below shows a section of the keel, the top of which was beveled to receive the garboard strake. One of the frames is resting directly on the keel.

The garboard strake will be 5 inches thick at the mid-ship frames and tapered to 3 inches thick toward the stern post. The first broad strake (the next planks above the garboard strake) will be tapered until the planks are all 3 inches thick and the rest of the planking will be 3 inches thick.

The garboard strake being installed.