August 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association

August 8, 2011




It's been a busy month for Ernestina. There's a lot of news in this Update and more if you follow the links to the website. Thank you American Schooner Association for promoting Ernestina during the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic,  

ASA logo  &  Rose Alley logo Rose Alley Ale House  for an Ernestina fundraiser on the Fourth of July, and also thank you the many volunteers that represented Ernestina at various events in New Bedford and Providence. Read on for what's been happening and more opportunities for you to help us tell her story.


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne


New  Foremast For Ernestina


SEMA has ordered a new foremast for Ernestina.  The mast will be shaped at The Spar Shop, part of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport.  Watch the fantastic video showing their tracer-lathe, the largest in North America.  

We have already received $1000 donations from both the Onset Cape Verdean Festival Association and the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus. 


You can make a tax-deductable donation toward the SEMA Mast Fund by sending your check to SEMA, P.O. Box 2995 New Bedford, MA 02741 or follow the  DONATE HERE link to PayPal .



Programming Committee - 

Call for Volunteers


The Schooner Ernestina Commission thanks volunteers for participation in summer events like the Hello Cabo Verde Expo, 3rd Eye Unlimited, USCG Eagle visit and more and can use your help during the rest of the summer: 


Thursday, August 11 

AHA! Making Waves 5:00-7:00 pm Coordinator: Mary Anne

Thursday, August 13

Onset Cape Verdean Festival August 13  Coordinator:  Julius Britto


Saturday, Sept 3

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day : Coordinator:  Stephen Gaun


Saturday/Sunday, Sept 24-25

 Working Waterfront Festival Coordinator:  SEMA.




Shipyard Update

Shipyard caulking

The inspections are nearly complete and the shipyard is waiting for the plank stock to replace the planks that were removed.  Meanwhile, some seams are being re-caulked.   More on website.

It is expected Ernestina will be back in her berth in early September.  Here's a SouthCoastToday article.


Thank you, John Bullard

Welcome, Derek Stevens


John Bullard

SEMA's Board of Directors had some changes this spring.  John Bullard has moved on to chair New Bedford Education Roundtable.  We know John will always "be there" for Ernestina and were glad to see him cheering the Ernestina contingent in the July 2 Parade.


 Derek Stevens  Newly elected Director Derek Stevens was born in Boston and raised in New Bedford.  Derek graduated from New Bedford High School in 1993 and went on to pursue his B.S. in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He continued his graduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving his C. Phil and M.S. in chemistry in 2000 and 2001 respectively.  Upon returning to Massachusetts, Derek joined the Global Learning Charter Public School staff as Director of Technology.  Married and the father of three, Derek resides in New Bedford and is a great-grandson of Captain Henrique Mendes.


Cape Verdean Recognition Events

M.McQuillan, Gene & Bonita  Monteiro, and Laura Pires Hester CVN MultiMedia
Mary Anne McQuillan, Gene & Bonita  Monteiro, and Laura Pires Hester photo by
CVN MultiMedia
This year's Cape Verdean Recognition events had special significance culminating in the opening of the new Whaling Museum Cape Verdean Maritime exhibit on July 5, Cape Verdean Independence Day.
More info and links and many more pictures of the parade and more on the website.

Rep. Cabral presses for state aid to repair Ernestina

Rep. Cabral at Forum credit Frank Pina
Rep. Cabral at Forum credit Frank Pina


Thank you Representative Cabral. 

It's encouraging to see a revived interest in Ernestina from her stewards,  the elected and appointed officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  We look forward to the day when Ernestina can serve the people of Massachusetts as she has in the past.


Ernestina Archives Safeguarded

life ring
Ernestina Life ring from S�o Vicente,(Cape Verde)

Valuable items from the Ernestina Commission Archives have been transferred to the Archives and Special Collections at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  Watch for the announcement of the formal transfer in September.  


this place matters 

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Thank you everyone that voted for us in the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Although we did not finish in the money because all of you "spread the word" it was a great way to make new friends for Ernestina.  Next time!  


Governor Patrick Will Appoint Commissioners Soon

Governor Deval Partick

SEMA President Mary Anne McQuillan appealed to Governor Deval Patrick to fill the vacant seats on the Schooner Ernestina Commission as soon as possible.   The Governor was in Westport as part of  his recent Summer Conversation Tour.  Accepting an Ernestina hat, Governor Patrick promised that his staff will "get it done"  


The Great Park Pursuit

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Although Ernestina is on the railway in Fairhaven you can still visit the Visitors Center on State Pier where DCR Interperter Phil is presenting GPP activities on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Check the SCHEDULE.  DCR wants No Child Left Inside!   

Second Life

SL Ernestina

Do you have a Second Life?  If you use Second Life, you would use this - SLURL (SL URL)

 to take a voyage on Ernestina.

The idea and funding for the SL Ernestina was from Jim Bennette in coordination with his friend, Ernestina's former Captain and Executive Director Gregg Swanzey. 


Of interest to some of you may be another project featuring Captain Paul Cuffee.

Issue 40

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of raising funds to provide for the maintenance, equipment, manning, programming and operation of the Schooner Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey  as a sail training vessel, school ship, and educational enterprise. 














SEMA Directors:


Mary Anne McQuillan

Vice President:

Julius Britto


Robert Hildreth


John Buddy Andrade

Captain Willi BankM

Christopher Davis,  esq

Marc Pires

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Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting has been scheduled for Friday,  August 19 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. William St. New Bedford.  The agenda hasn't been posted yet but you can access the minutes of previous Commission meetings.  Follow the link and scroll down the chronological list to the Schooner Ernestina Commission entries.

 AGENDA  or  
Mary Anne McQuillan, President
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc
 P.O. Box 2995
New Bedford, MA 02741