Preview: The Expedition to Greenland on the EFFIE M. MORRISEY (EARNESTINA) 1947 Film

January 7, 2016

Avatar Emma Mathis

Enjoy this 1947 film that documents the EFFIE M. MORRISEY (now the ERNESTINA) 6-month expedition from New York Harbor to Greenland. Captain Bob Bartlett shares his story of the journey with “my little Morrissey” to Newfoundland, Iceland, Greenland and back again - filled with interactions with Eskimo, walruses, seals, narwhals, and polar bears. He also recounts Robert Peary’s discovery of the North Pole in 1909 when he skippered Peary’s ship the ROOSEVELT . 

Not only is Capt. Bartlett's beloved MORRISEY still with us, but she's being given a new life through a two-year restoration at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine, with schoonerman and shipbuilder Harold Burnham overseeing the project. The vessel is now owned by the State of Massachusetts and learn more about her here.

Coincidentally, the other famous arctic exploration schooner of the 1920s, '30s and 40s, Donald MacMillan's BOWDOIN, is being worked on only a few miles from the ERNESTINA project. She's hauled at Lyman-Morse yard in Thomaston, Maine, this winter for re-decking. You can view early photos of this vessel, now a training ship for Maine Maritime Academy.

We'll be bringing you more on both projects as the winter and the work progress.



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