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ERNESTINA (Schooner)

New Bedford, Massachusetts
County of Bristol.
Foot of Union Street
National Register Number: 85000022
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Maritime: Vessel. The threat level was Watch in
2004.
Congressional District: MA-4 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Cruises available.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 14, 1990):
Built in 1894, the schooner ERNESTINA is the oldest surviving Grand Banks fishing schooner; the only surviving 19th century Gloucester-built fishing schooner; one of two remaining examples of the Fredonia-style schooners (the other being LETTIE G. HOWARD, also a National Historic Landmark), the most famous American fishing vessel type; the only offshore example of that type; and one of two sailing Arctic exploration vessels left afloat in the United States (the other being BOWDOIN, also a National Historic Landmark). Today, ERNESTINA regularly sails the New England coast on educational cruises.

Condition:
Ernestina is moored within the New Bedford National Park, but she is owned by the state.

A dramatic reduction in state funding may have an effect on the long term care of the vessel.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
HABS/HAER documentation of the vessel is recommended.


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