ERNESTINA (schooner)

Also known as: Schooner Ernestina, Schooner Effie M. Morrissey
Steamship Wharf, New Bedford, Massachusetts


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ERNESTINA is an example of Essex fishing schooner design and has been used for a variety of purposes. She worked in Grand Banks fishing during the peak of sail and is the oldest surviving Grand Banks fishing schooner. Robert "Bob" Bartlett sailed her in Arctic explorations ca. 1926-45, which were conducted for both private research institutions and the U.S. military during World War II. She was purchased by a Cape Verdean and refitted for the Cape Verdean packet trade, carrying immigrants and cargo between these Portuguese islands off western Africa and the United States. The Republic of Cape Verde gifted her to the United States, and she returned to this country in 1982. Thereafter, she worked as a cultural ambassador and sail training vessel. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990 and is now part of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER MA-168)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 3, 1985
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Fredonia-model schooner
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Transportation; Commerce; Industry; Architecture; Science; Maritime History
Levels of significance
National; State; Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current functions
Museum; Water-related
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1875-1899
Significant year

Update Log 

  • January 12, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett