The schooner Ernestina-Morrissey has arrived in Boothbay Harbor.
The 156-foot Massachusetts schooner, which was originally launched in 1894, will undergo $6,000,000 repairs at Boothbay Region Shipyard.
The ship left New Bedford State Pier in New Bedford, Massachusetts at approximately 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 12. It arrived about 24 hours later on Monday, pulled by the tug boat Jaguar.
Eric Graves, shipyard general manager, said last November that the Ernestina-Morrissey isn't just a big contract for the shipyard, but a big deal too.
Not only is the $6,000,000 contract the largest the shipyard has handled since it received new ownership, but the new contract is a sign of an improving economy and a new chapter for the shipyard, Graves said.
“It's definitely the biggest contract we've had in the last 10 years,” he said in November. “It's great for us, and for the town.
“This will be the biggest scale restoration we've done, and it feels pretty good to be able to work on it again.”