December 2016

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin
December 27, 2016

123 years ago the frames of  Effie M. Morrissey  were rising in an Essex Shipyard. 35 years ago the final work by Cape Verdeans was preparing  Ernestina for her new life back in Massachusetts.  As we consider the latest work in a Maine Shipyard (see below) we are gratified to see all the progress that 2016 has brought to Ernestina-Morrissey.  We are grateful for your wonderful response to our Annual Appeal.  The SEMA directors are working hard to ensure sufficient funding to reach the goal of a SAILING future for the ship and we will have exciting news for you in the New Year.  It's not too late to make a 2016 contribution to the Ernestina-Morrissey  Rehabilitation Campaign.   Donate TODAY!

Have a wonderful 2017!

Fair Winds,
Mary Anne McQuillan
Secretary, SEMA
Year End at the Shipyard

All is quiet at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard this week but next week more new frames will rise on Ernestina-Morrissey's keel.  Take a look at the accomplishments for December 2016.  

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Schooner Ernestina Comm ission Meeting   

The January   Schooner Ernestina Commission  meeting is scheduled  on Friday, January 20 at 10 am at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 William St. New Bedford.  

Check the   Upcoming Events on the website  for the latest agenda and details.
Check the Commission page on the DCR website for more information.  Scroll down for Meeting Information.

Issue 95

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. 















SEMA Directors:


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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