March 2017

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin
March 6, 2017

This is our 100th Update!  Issue 1 was sent out in March 2010. SEMA had just received the notice of our 501(c)(3) determination. Just think how far we have come toward a sailing Ernestina-Morrissey since then! 
We can't share digital access to the first year's Updates but from the March 2011 Update on you can see the links on the website.
This "easy" winter in New England has allowed the work to continue in the shipyard.  Be sure to read the articles below to get caught up on all the progress!
Fair Winds,
Mary Anne
Celebrate Ernestina-Morrissey 123 at AHA!

117 birthday cake
On March 14, 1894 an outfitted Effie M. Morrissey set sail for the Grand Banks.  Come celebrate with us at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center after a panel about luck and superstitions. 

123rd Anniversary Cake for Schooner Ernestina
March 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Center will co-host the 123rd anniversary celebration of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey's first trip. A lucky ship in her own right, she left Gloucester on March 14, 1894 and returned a highliner in July. To celebrate, the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association invites visitors to have cake which will be served at 7:00 p.m.

Hull Framing Finished!

We have had some wintry weather this year but it has not been bad enough to stop the work on
Ernestina-Morrissey! At the January Commission meeting we were told the framing was  nearly done. A month later, at the recent meeting, the Commission heard that the hull framing was complete! 

Celebrate Ernestina's 1982 Repatriation

In August 1982, after a 6 year, extensive rebuild,  Ernestina was returned to M assachusetts, where she began her amazing life, as a GIFT of the newly independent Republic of Cape Verde. Her return was celebrated in New Bedford, her new homeport and we will begin the celebration of the 35th Anniversary of this wonderful GIFT in New Bedford on June 9.  This event will also be 
a kick-off for the campaign to match the generous Manton grant of $375,000.  

Did you know that by shopping at you can support Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey?   Bookmark this link so that the next time you shop at Amazon a portion of your purchase can support your ship!
Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 10 at 10 am 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 follow this link to and you can  access the minutes of previous Commission meetings by following the link and scrolling down the chronological list to the Schooner Ernestina Commission
Issue 100

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. 
















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Julius Britto 

Vice President:

Robert Hildreth

Louise Croteau


Mary Anne McQuillan  



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Catherine Dempsey

Melissa DeValles

Miguel Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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