schooner ernestina


New Bedford State Pier

The Ernestina-Morrissey is the Commonwealth’s Official vessel, a National Historic Landmark with 120 years of history tied to the Essex shipbuilding tradition, the Gloucester fishing industry, Arctic exploration and the friendship between the United States and the island nation of Cabo Verde.

The Ernestina-Morrissey is undergoing repairs at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine until November 2018. Learn more about the vessel and see pictures from the shipyard at the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association’s website and their Flikr webpage

The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey  is a one hundred year old ship designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Originally built at the James and Tarr Yard in Essex, Massachusetts and launched February 1, 1894 as the Effie M. Morrissey, she has sailed on through the century to become one of six remaining Essex-built schooners.

She reached within 600 miles of the North Pole and is the last ship to bring immigrants to this country under sail from the Cape Verde Islands. Ernestina was given to the people of the United States by the people of the Cape Verde Islands in 1982. She was renamed the Ernestina-Morrissey in 2014 to reflect her diverse history- a remarkable legacy that spans continents, races and generations.