August 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association

August 21, 2011




 AHA!'s Making Waves was a beautiful evening to be on New Bedford's waterfront and Ernestina volunteers shared fish printing and rope bracelets with the folks who stopped by.  

And also check the website to follow the progress of the work on Ernestina at Fairhaven Shipyard.



Fair Winds,

Mary Anne



Gloucester and Schooners

2011 Gloucester Festival Poster

Effie M. Morrissey first set sail from Gloucester for the Grand Banks on March 14, 1894.  A century ago she brought her catches into this port.  In 1982, as Ernestina, she was returned to Massachusetts,  a gift from the Republic of Cape Verde.   On Labor Day weekend (September 2-5)  Gloucester celebrates its 27th Annual Schooner Festival.  Ernestina provides an opportunity to tell the story of the fishing schooners that sailed from Gloucester and this important part Massachusetts' history.  Ernestina can also tell the story of today's fishermen as they struggle with some of the same challenges that those dory men faced long ago and with the new challenges that those men could never imagine.  Stop by the Ernestina booth to chat about fishing or arctic exploration or the years of carrying cargo and passengers to and from Cape Verde or perhaps Ernestina's more recent sail training years.  Even better:  Please consider volunteering to spend one or two hours with us at the Ernestina Booth at the Gloucester Schooner Festival Heritage Day Saturday, Sept 3 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.  CONTACT coordinator Stephen Gaun to volunteer.  See you there!

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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. 














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Julius Britto


Robert Hildreth


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Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting has been scheduled for Friday,  September 16 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 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