April 2016

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin
April 28, 2016

The evening of April 7 was a wonderful gathering of supporters
(l-r) Harold Burnham, Chet Brigham, David Short, Eugene Monteiro
of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey and of new friends just learning about this amazing Official Vessel of the Commonwealth.  Thank you to the New Bedford Whaling Museum for including the ship's story in their Sailors' Series. First  Chet Brigham gave a synoposis of his new book Phoenix of the Seas: Ernestina-Morrissey State Ship of Massachusetts. Then Harold Burnham and David Short described the progress on the rehabilitation of Ernestina-Morrissey at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.  Commission member Gene Monteiro served as Master of Ceremonies.
It's been a busy April in the shipyard and you can read about a new technique to cut futtocks and the new stern taking shape on the website.

Fair Winds,
Mary Anne McQuillan
Secretary, SEMA

Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The next Commission meeting will be scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 William St. New Bedford.  

Check the  Upcoming Events on the website  for details.

Check the Commission page on the DCR website for more information.  Scroll down for Meeting Information.


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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 

Vice President:

Robert Hildreth

Louise Croteau


Mary Anne McQuillan  



Captain Willi BankM

Catherine Dempsey

Melissa DeValles

Miguel Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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