|A U.S. Coast Guard
inspection was required for the ship to begin any further
operations in 1993. Part of the mandatory process
includes a haul out by marine railway every other year
for a hull inspection.
In May 1993, Schooner Ernestina was brought to Kelleys Shipyard in Fairhaven, MA for $150,000 worth of capital improvements that concentrated on the necessary modifications for a dual certification. In addition to the sailing school vessel designation (R), a passenger carrying vessel (T) certification was added.
Gregg Swanzey was project director working closely with the Schooner Ernestina commissioners Fred Littleton, chair and Sheila Martines Pina, treasurer along with Charlie Gibson, project manager at the Department of Environmental Management, for extensive plank replacement of the hull and reconstruction of the starboard and port rails at the foremast shrouds.
Work continued all summer and resulted in a passed hull. However, the foremast was found to be cracked and irreparable leaving the schooner non-operational throughout the rest of the year. During the winter of 1993/1994, Schooner Ernestina lay at the dock at Kelleys Shipyard with a regular check-in by Marty Casey, David Thomasset and several other volunteers.
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