• Draft: 13′
  • Beam: 26′
  • Rig Height: 115′
  • Freeboard: 6.5
  • 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), Attraction Vessel (ATTCOI), Inland, Near Coastal, Ocean
  • Who Sails: Youth, Adults, Scouts, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College
  • Program Type: Sail Training, 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
  • Sailing Season: May to Oct
  • Year Launched: 1894
  • Number of Crew: 10
  • Name of Contact: Captain Tiffany Krihwan
  • Phone: (508) 8305058
  • Website: http://www.maritime.edu

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