April 2012

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin


A New Lease on Life for Ernestina?



DCR has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (REFI) for the Rehabilitation, Operation and Management of the Schooner Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey. 

This is the first step in offering the ship for a long-term lease under the Historic Curatorship Program (HCP).


The purpose of this RFEI is to:

  • Gauge the interest in potential public private partners
  • Identify new rehabilitation and reuse potential opportunities and challenges
  • Assist in the development of a formal Requests for Proposals (RFP)


Please refer to the entire text of the RFEI to read all the details.  Additional helpful links are found on the DCR HCP website. 

If you have any questions or interest or comments after you have reviewed this information or for hard copies of the documents or more information on the program, send an e-mail to HCP.Requests@state.ma.us

call 617-626-1361, or write to Historic Curatorship Program, 

Department of Conservation and Recreation, 7th floor, 251 Causeway St., Boston, MA 02114. 



Issue 53

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


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