Restoration of the Ernestina

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum




Tuesday, November 11, 2008 @ 7:30 PM

Waterline Center, 66 Main St., Essex

Admission $6 Members / $8 NonMembers

As a gift from the people of Cape Verde to the people of the United States, a national historic landmark, and the official tall ship of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Ernestina/ ex. Effie M. Morrissey is certainly one of Essex’s most famous vessels.

Executive Director Paul Brawley has been the catalyst for much of the recent work on the vessel. Built in Essex in 1894 as Effie M. Morrissey, the vessel has had an active, varied and interesting career. Paul will talk about Ernestina’s history as a fishing schooner, artic exploration vessel, Cape Verdean packet and now official tall ship of the Commonwealth.

Harold Burnham, Essex’s own resident/shipwright will talk about his role in the project as owner’s representative at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard where the top of the vessel is currently being rebuilt from the break in her deck to the bow. He will highlight his interaction with the yard, the Coast Guard and how experiences with other Essex vessels including Adventure and the Evelina M. Goulart have helped this project.