1956 voyage from Cape Verde to Providence was the last one
for Arnaldo Mendes. His wife wanted him home more in
Canton, MA. He arrived in 28 days with eight passengers
at the Colonial Line Pier on August15, 1956.
In August and September the crew rolled out bolts of canvas 25 feet long to make up a new mainsail for Ernestina on the dock at the Colonial Line Pier. The bolts were rolled out side by side, marked and tacked with sail twine. Sailmakers seated on boxes began with needle, palm and beeswax to sew the bolts together and install the bolt rope around the edge.
Valentin Lucas, who was the first mate for the voyage over, took the Ernestina back to Cape Verde as captain on November 8th. She carried 200 tons of general cargo, a crew of 18 and two passengers: Maria Santos, 104, and Ludeger Mendes Rose, 67. They made it to the Azores rather quickly, but a hurricane pushed them back to Puerto Rico so that it took over 40 days to reach Mindelo.
Charlotta Mendes, Arnaldo Mendes and Joseph 'Sonny' Barros Cardozo
Henrique Nha Charlotta Mendes
Crew on deck for the passage to Providence
Ernestina alongside at India Point in Providence, RI with the Wickendon Street Bridge in the background. Other images follow below.