Len Burgess forwards the link-
Now 119 years old, the SCHOONER ERNESTINA (formely EFFIE M. MORRISSEY) was Essex-built in the Winter of 1893-94 and launch on Feb. 1, 1894. Designed by George Melville McClain and built at the James & Tarr, Essex, MA. the builder was Willard Burnham.
Be sure to read the link below to her great history as a…Grand Banks fishing schooner…Extensive Arctic exploration…U.S. military survey and supply…Cape Verdean packet trader, and now a National Historical Landmark of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, official sailing vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Under SEMA (Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association) Ernestina is being restored and will be operated as an educational enterprise. Other agencies and organizations committed to her stewardship are DCR, the Ernestina Commission and the National Park Service. History: http://www.ernestina.org/about/about-ernestina/history/
By Leslie Friday/Correspondent/ Beacon
Mon Apr 13, 2009, 02:50 PM EDT
Essex – Few things could survive 115 years without a little touch up.
The Ernestina, an Essex-built schooner launched in 1894, is undergoing rehabilitation in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, and is scheduled to pass through Gloucester on its way home to New Bedford next month.
This is not the first time the Ernestina has had work done.
“If you know sailing vessels, it’s a constant process,” said Ken Folley, deputy director of state parks for the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The Ernestina has earned its rest over the years. Originally named the Effie M. Morrissey and built in the James and Tarr Yard, the Ernestina launched from Essex on Feb. 1, 1894. According to the vessel’s Web site, http://www.ernestina.org, it served as a fishing vessel, an arctic explorer under Capt. Robert Abram Bartlett, and a WWII survey vessel used under Commander Alexander Forbes….. To read more, click here.