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Masts are Stepped at State Pier
April 29, 2003

The ship is back over at New Bedford State Pier and has the masts, bowsprit and main boom lowered into place during the morning. It happens quickly and Ernestina begins to look like a sailing vessel again!

The ship lays alongside without masts ready for the crane to arrive.

The sling is placed prior to lifting the mast vertical and into position over the ship.

The foremast coins with a 1994 silver dollar from the last time the masts were out and the installation of the foremast new.

Mast mast coins to go under the heel. There is an 1894 silver dollar.

The bowsprit slides into place to rest against the sampson post.

Hudon Crane Company raises the mast.

The mainmast goes in with Fred Sterner orienting the tenon to set down correctly in the step eleven feel below on top of the keelson.

Once the mast is in the crew run the lanyards that are used to adjust tension on the shrouds.

Chief Mate Jed Deering organized the rigging and the crew for the operation.

We would like to thank Lotus and IBM for donation of software, hardware and funding to enable regular electronic updates from the ship.

NOAA Chart is provided courtesy of Maptech using Cruising Navigator 4.3 and grabbing the image using Grabit Pro 6.02.

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Schooner Ernestina
89 North Water Street, P.O. Box 2010, New Bedford, MA 02741-2010
phone 508.992.4900 -- fax 508.984.7719

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