February 2012

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association


February 1, 2012




Today we celebrate the anniversary of Effie M. Morrissey's launch.  118 years ago today the ship that became Ernestina slid down the ways in Essex, MA into the water that would be her element. Although it's been 8 years since she has sailed we do have a lot to celebrate.  Thanks to the Save America's Treasures grant from NPS matched by DCR the bow aft to the break in the deck has been rebuilt and soon the Commission will receive the reports and estimates from Shipwright Leon Poindexter and plans will be made to complete the repairs needed for Ernestina to sail again!


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne


Celebrate Ernestina's 118th birthday and AHA! Carnevale.  The Commission Programming Committee is planning a

Festa de Ernestina

coordinated by Barbara Burgo and Chuck Smiler!    A variety of 
activities are planned celebrating Ernestina's celebrated history from 1894 to now. 

Check "Save the Date " Details   from Barbara Burgo.
And cake too!
117 birthday cake 


Boston Tea Party Connections


Dartmouth Plaque

Did you know one of the original Tea Party Ships, the Dartmouth, was built right at the foot of Centre Street in New Bedford?  Along with his Ernestina Project, Shipwright Leon Poindexter is working on another project for a Boston Tea Party Museum.Check this video and note his Ernestina jacket!

DCR has his report and estimates. Hopefully they will be released at the next Commission meeting on February 10 



Thank you, Mayor Lang! 
Mayor Lang

Thank you for your leadership during Ernestina's tough times.  We wish you the best as you enter this new phase of your career!

Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 10 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 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  
Issue 49

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:

Robert Hildreth

Julius Britto


Polly Zajac 


John Buddy Andrade

Captain Willi BankM

Christopher Davis,  esq

Marc Pires

Derek Stevens



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Search for New Ernestina Commissioner


The Schooner Ernestina Commission should have 9 commissioners.  The enabling legislation specifies qualifications for the appointments.  There will be an open seat soon and the appointee "shall be any person whose expertise would be an asset to the commission and the Schooner Ernestina or have particular expertise in the Cape Verdean history as it relates to said schooner, or history of said ship as the Effie M. Morrissey." 

It is up to the Commission to consider who to propose to the Governor's office through DCR.  Anyone who is interested in serving should submit a letter interest along with a resume and a statement of their involvement with and their interest in Ernestina and their qualifications to serve on the Commission to Jen Nersesian at the National Park Office  33 William St New Bedford, MA 02740.

The candidate needs to be someone who can attend Commission meetings as Massachusetts regulations require actual presence at the meeting to make a quorum.  Meetings are usually held monthly in New Bedford on a Friday afternoon.


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