Welcome home Ernestina? Piper Boatworks and Maritime Gloucester are finalists to conduct the restoration work on this vessel, which is now owned by the State of Massachusetts. This 156-foot schooner was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard in Essex for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Named the Effie M. Morrissey (now Ernestina Morrissey), she was first owned by Capt. William E. Morrissey and the John F. Wonson Co. of Gloucester. She fished out of this port for the first ten years. She has a remarkable 120-year history including fishing in the U.S. and Canada, arctic exploration, navy service, and as a Cape Verdean packet vessel. We certainly believe that the restoration of the Ernestina-Morrissey at this site (Maritime Gloucester) offers historical, cultural, educational and economic benefits to the Commonwealth and its citizens. Upon its restoration, the schooner will enter a new chapter of its life as a sail training vessel and ambassador for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. If you agree, we welcome your expression of support by using this form and identifying yourself.