November 2013

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

November 5, 2013



The past two months have been busy for Ernestina.  It started with September's AHA! .  There have been changes at the National Park. The ship was host to non-stop activity during the Working Waterfront Festival. Harold Burnham is working on a new plan.  The new T-shirts are selling well.  And DCR has announced meetings and a public comment period for the draft Volunteer Policy. and the draft Recreation Policy.

Read the details below.     

Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA



Thank you, Jen! Welcome, Laurel! Congratulations Frank!



Commissioners Fred Sterner, Steve Walsh, Karl Pastore, Supt. Nersesian, Commissioners Laura Pires-Hester and Gene Monteiro

Jennifer T. Nersesian has been  selected as the next superintendent to lead Gateway National Recreation Area.  The Schooner Ernestina Commission and SEMA took time at the September meeting to thank Jen for her tireless advocacy for Ernestina during her tenure at NBWNHP and to wish her well for her new assignment 

Read More including Laurel's arrival and Frank's award.



10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival

The 10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival drew large crowds with two days of beautiful weather to enjoy the music and food and the New Bedford waterfront. Nearly 3,000 visitors came aboard Ernestina for a tour.  We had a wonderful turnout of volunteers that made this possible.  THANK YOU! 


A New Plan for Ernestina

  Harold Burnham stopped at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on the return trip from Boothbay Shipyard to
New Bedford in 2009

Award winning Harold Burnham is under contract with DCR to assess the work needed for a complete rehabilitation of Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey and to produce a cost estimate for that work.  Harold supervised the 2008-09 rebuild of the forward section of the ship at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine. 

Two years ago Leon Poindexter prepared a report for DCR and the Ernestina Commission.  Leon's assessment and cost estimate was for rehabilitation "sufficient to regain Coast Guard certification" but his contract did not include replacing the aft deck and deck beams. 

The report Harold is working on is for the complete restoration of the ship and is an important step in insuring a future for Ernestina that matches SEMA's vision.   A big THANK YOU to DCR for taking this important step.  SEMA is looking forward to working with the Ernestina Commission to insure a sailing, educating Ernestina for future generations.

New T-shirts!

New shirts are available!  The shirts feature the "classic" front.   On the back a line drawing of Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey's hull, rig and sail plan with a recognition of the ship's several refits

Read More:

Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The September Commission meeting has been scheduled for Friday November 15 at 1 pm . Details.  


The agenda hasn't been posted yet but you can follow this link to check on upcoming meetings 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 entries. 



Issue 69 

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


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Catherine Dempsey

Melissa DeValles

Michael Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

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