Valentin Lucas was married while at sea aboard the Ernestina.
As is the custom in Cape Verde, a friend stood in for
him. He stayed with Ernestina while she delivered
her cargo in Sao Vicente, Praia, Fogo and Brava, but quit
in March 1954 at his wifes insistence as Henrique
was planning another trip back to the United States.
Ricardo Lima Barros was master and navigator for the 1954 voyages back and forth. Leaving Sao Vicente on July 6, 1954, with sixteen men and three passengers, they ran into heavy rain and winds several times during the passage but took in sail and rode out the storms completing a safe and otherwise uneventful trip. Ernestina arrived during the night of August 13, 1954 to dock adjacent to the Atlas Warehouse at 1 India Street on India Point in Providence. To read more about Capt. Barros and the 1954-1955 voyages please click here....
The Ernestina was then taken to New Bedford in October 1954 where a second-hand 80 horsepower diesel engine and radio receiver were installed.
Ernestina sailed for Cape Verde on November 9th. On the return voyage, they suffered from a lack of wind and used the engine frequently. They arrived ten days before Christmas so that the Cape Verdeans were able to receive their presents from friends and relatives in the United States in plenty of time.