March 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Rig Contract Awarded




Master shipwright Leon Poindexter has been awarded the contract to inspect and perform repairs and maintenance on Ernestina's spars and standing rigging.  Leon has had extensive previous involvement in Ernestina's ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance.  The Massachusetts Historical Commission notes that "his familiarity with the vessel should insure that the methods and materials employed for this project are consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Vessel Rehabilitation and the existing vessel fabric."  SEMA thanks the Commission and DCR for insuring that this long-delayed maintenance will begin soon.

Maine Boatbuilders Show

  Maine BB Show


Visit us at the MBBS in Portland, ME March 18-20. 


We'll be at the American Schooner Association booth.  DETAILS   




 Save the date:

Saturday, April 16. 

SEMA will be partnering with DCR's Park Serve program to have the first work day on Ernestina for 2011.  Follow the link, click sign up on the Park Serve page and scroll down the "select a park" list to "Schooner Ernestina" to put your name on the list of volunteers for the day.  LINK  SIGN UP  and check the next Update for more details.

Can You Share a Piece of Ernestina's History?


In July 2011 a new exhibition will open at the New Bedford Whaling Museum that will explore the Republic of Cape Verde, its people, maritime history, connections to New England, and the legacies that continue to tie New Bedford and its culture to Cape Verde.  Items from Ernestina are being evaluated for inclusion in the exhibit.  You may have something to share with the organizers of this exhibit.  Please follow this link to get more information.  INFO

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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 Bank riJohn BullardM

Christopher Davis,  esq

Marc Pires

Polly Zajac


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Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2011  at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 William St. New Bedford.  The agenda will be posted and 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