NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A 128-year-old ship has returned to its home port in the Whaling City.
The schooner Ernestina-Morrissey had been undergoing restoration in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, for the past seven years.
“She looks as spectacular as ever,” Mayor Jon Mitchell tweeted Tuesday.
The ship will remain docked at the New Bedford State Pier, the Standard Times reported, and will be available for educational purposes and cultural events until it eventually goes back to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Cape Cod.
A model of the Ernestina-Morrissey is also on display at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
After seven years worth of repairs, the official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Ernestina-Morrissey, returned home to the Port of #Newbedford today, and she looks as spectacular as ever. @ErnstinaMorrisy pic.twitter.com/1GBDHgoNHy— Jon Mitchell (@JonMitchellNB) November 29, 2022