December 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association


December 6, 2011




Thank you to all of the Ernestina supporters who many a quick response to our appeal last week.  We made a good start and we have three weeks left to match the $10,000 Challenge we will receive.  Please DONATE today.  Your donation will be doubled if we receive it by 12/31/2011.  


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne


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Stop by the NBWH National Park Visitor's Center for the latest news about Ernestina.   Meet the new Commissioners Fred Sterner and Gene Monteiro.  Check out the display describing the latest haul out and a report on the December 2 Commission meeting.   Talk with Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association directors about WHAT'S NEXT and how you can help! 

Find out how to support Ernestina and finish your holiday shopping with Ernestina t-shirts and hats.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

 Baker Books is once again helping SEMA out this Holiday Season by making Ernestina hats available at the store at 69 State Road (Route 6), Dartmouth, MA.


If you are in the market for a fine art gift visit Arthur Moniz ArtMoniz Gallery Gallery for some wonderful original art work, prints and other items featuring Ernestina. Mention Ernestina when you make your purchase and 10% will be donated to SEMA.


Do all your holiday shopping at Baker Books and Arthur Moniz Art Gallery. 

Shop Local!




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.


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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 BankM

Christopher Davis,  esq

Marc Pires

Derek Stevens

Polly Zajac


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Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 13 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  
Mary Anne McQuillan, President
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc
 P.O. Box 2995
New Bedford, MA 02741