April 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

April 12, 2011


Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association


Dear (Contact First Name),


Here's a quick note, including an opportunity to help get the ship ready for the spring season.

As always, please forward this message to your friends and invite them to join the growing list of Ernestina supporters.

If you have any questions or comments CONTACT US

Fair Winds,

Mary Anne



Work Day

Saturday April 16



DCR's ParkServe Day is this Saturday.  It's not too late to sign up. Several of you have signed up on their site.  Thank you. 

The plan is to have one team work to remove the winter cover and another to organize the Interpreter Center.  If you can join us between 9am and 1 pm on Saturday please CONTACT US if you haven't already signed up.

Remember, many hands make light work!


Rig Work Progresses

Steve on spreaders
Steve Kirk oiling checks in main mast above spreaders.



Master shipwright Leon Poindexter and his crew have started work on the repairs and maintenance on Ernestina's spars and standing rigging.  We look forward to an interim report about the work and inspections at the next Commission meeting.

Maine Boatbuilders Show Maine Boat Builders Show


The Maine Boat Builders Show gave us the opportunity to tell Ernestina's story in Portland.  Welcome to the new SEMA members who joined their voices with ours to say "Ernestina is a National Treasure!"


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.  You can download a list of items on the "wish list"  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 tentively scheduled for Monday April 26, 2011  at 10:00 am at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center, 33 William St. New Bedford.  The confirmation of the meeting by public posting and 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