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Ernestina-Morrissey 2

Posted:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:30am
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Photo by Robert Mitchell

Since last posting here about the Ernestina-Morrissey project at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard (September 2016), great progress has been made.

Upon arrival, the Ernestina-Morrissey was in hard shape. Looking back through some of my early images reminds me of how desperately repairs were needed. In the early days of this project it was impossible for me to imagine how extensive the work would be and become.

There was a lot of ripping and tearing then. Raw woods were being ordered and arriving from around the world. A hand full of yard workers were still trying to develop an over-all plan for anticipated repairs.

Things have come a long way in a relatively short time. Since my photo and brief dialog a mere seven moths ago, the ship has new bones and renewed hope. There is a plan and those who have worked diligently have made great strides. The Ernestina-Morrissey is well on the way to a full recovery.

In the accompanying photo you can see the vast profile of newly constructed "ribs" as I call them, "frames" perhaps more appropriately. It is very exciting to be inside this structure, no matter what they are called. The smell of new wood and preservative oils is everywhere, embedded in all that is new.

The workmen move almost effortlessly around the vessel knowingly. They have become so familiar with this space. And their numbers have grown, although a small core group still guided by David Small, remains. The coordination of effort is so impressive. These folks are on a mission.

The progress on this project has been inspirational. A marvel of patience, insight, perseverance and ingenuity. I can't wait to see what the next six months will accomplish. Please stand by.