Thursday, February 16, 2012

Logs for schooner Ernestina's new masts arrive

Sierra Pacific Industries in Aberdeen unloaded logs today that will become new masts for the schooner Ernestina, which is undergoing restoration in New Bedford, Mass. The logs were supplied and delivered by Karl Meier of Birkenfeld, Oregon.

Ernestina was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Under Captain Bob Bartlett she sailed to within 600 miles of the North Pole, and later brought immigrants to the U.S. under the power of sail. Returned to the U.S. in 1982 as a gift from the newly independent Cape Verdean people, she sailed as an education vessel until 2005. You can learn more about the restoration project at the Ernestina's website. The new masts will be turned on the tracer lathe at the Historical Seaport's Spar Shop.

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