Vessel Ernestina-Morrissey


Homeport: New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Rig: Schooner: Grand Banks Fishing Schooner
Sparred Length: 156′
LOD: 110′

Draft: 13′
Beam: 24′ 3
Rig Height: 115′
Sail Area: 8,323
Tons: 139 GRT
Hull: Wood

Organization: Massachusetts Maritime Academy


As Effie M. Morrissey launched in 1894 in Essex, Massachusetts, this historic schooner’s first lives were as Gloucester Grand Banks fisherman, Arctic explorer, and WWII survey/supply vessel. As Ernestina, between 1946 and 1965, she plied the transatlantic waters as the last of Cabo Verde’s long line of transatlantic packet ships. After being gifted by the Republic of Cabo Verde to the “people of the United States” and repatriated in 1982, she embarked on her new life as environmental/maritime/sciences educator and cultural ambassador until 2004, serving thousands of young people, adults, and cultural and community-based organizations. With significant recent commitments from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and two generous private donors, and continued fundraising, Ernestina-Morrissey has begun full restoration at Boothbay Harbor/ Bristol Marine Shipyard in Maine. She is expected to be back to sailing at the end of 2022.


USCG Certification: Sailing School Vessel (Subchapter R), Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T), Near Coastal, Ocean

Who Sails: Youth, Adults, Scouts, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College

Program Type: Passenger Daysails, Private Charters, Dockside Interpretation, Maritime History, Marine Science, Marine Environment and Ecology, Nautical Science & Seamanship, Summer Camp, Teacher Workshops, Accredited Semesters, Goodwill Ambassador, Scouts, Museum Education, Deep Sea Voyages, Gap Year, Team Building, Adventure Travel

Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: East Coast

Year Launched: 1894

Number of Crew: 10

Name of Contact: Captain Tiffany Krihwan

Phone: (508) 830-5058

Ernestina-Morrissey Website