Schooner Ernestina

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Schooner Ernestina


(508) 992-4900

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The Schooner Ernestina 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.

Designed by George McClain of Gloucester, Massachusetts to withstand North Atlantic gales, the Effie M. Morrissey was the last fishing schooner built for the Wonson Fish Company. Built with white oak and yellow pine at the John F. James & Washington Tarr shipyard, length at 112 feet, 13 feet draft and 8,500 square feet of sail, she took four months to build and was launched February 1, 1894. Her hull was painted black and her first skipper was William Edward Morrissey, who named her after his daughter Effie Maude Morrissey.

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. Her history is a remarkable legacy that spans continents, races and generations.

Map of Schooner Ernestina (MA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.634690, -70.918615



  • Historic Sites

    Sail Area: 8,323 square feet Tonnage: 98 gross tons Designer: George M. McClain Builder: James and Tarr Yard, Essex, Massachusetts Launched: February 1, 1894 Sparred Length Overall: 156 feet Hull Length Overall: 112 feet Length on Deck: 106 feet Length at Waterline: 93 feet Breadth: 25 feet, 6 inches Draft: 13 feet



The office is on the Southeast corner of the Pier and the Ship is on the Southwest corner.

Take exit 15 off of 195 either east or west to Route 18 South. At second traffic light take a left on to State Pier The ship is on the right.

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(508) 992-4900