|It was three years before the Ernestina
returned to the United States. In 1951 she was dismasted in heavy seas
sailing between Fogo and Santiago while taking two American girls to
Dakar for visas. The falling spar nearly killed Henrique.
Pedro Evora, who up until then had been Ernestinas captain, had a disagreement with Henrique Mendes, so Lucino Fortes was made skipper on the day the new masts were raised. Capt. Fortes subsequently took the Ernestina to Dakar with cargo and passengers during a calm voyage where passengers could remain on deck. Upon his return, Capt. Fortes was offered a permanent position with the Shell Company, which he accepted.
In late 1952 Ernestina, working again, took students from Fogo and Brava to the high schools in Praia and Mindelo; but it was too late to make a trip to the United States.