November 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association

November 8, 2011




It's been a year since the Ernestina Forum.  Progress has continued toward the goals expressed during the Forum of seeing Ernestina repaired, sailing again and serving the Commonwealth as she should.  Ernestina has returned to State Pier after $183,000 of work provided by DCR, work on the rig inspection is progressing, and the estimate of the rest of the work the ship requires will be available soon.  Schooner Ernestina Commission Programming Committee and SEMA conducted a successful festival season and the website, updates and Facebook page are reaching new supporters.   SEMA's fundraising and membership drive continues and SEMA will be developing a Capital Campaign when the estimates of expenses and the agreements with the Commission are complete.

It's been an exciting year!  We're looking forward to an even more productive year ahead.


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne


Effie M. Morrissey Films Surfacing on YouTube


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There's a list with links on the website.



A National Historic Landmark, Schooner Ernestina Returns to State Pier

Ernestina's return was well covered.  Tom Lopes produced a great slide show on his YouTube Channel,  Don Cuddy covered the return in South Coast News.  On Friday October 14th DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert welcomed the ship back to State Pier.  A more complete description is on the website.



20 Years since the Perfect Storm


The end of October brought the 20th anniversary of the Perfect Storm.  Did you know that Ernestina headed south from New Bedford on October 25, 1991?  Follow the link and scroll down to read the account of what happened.


15th Anniversary of the Creation of NBWNHP

nps logo The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park has been a wonderful partner to Schooner Ernestina.  Providing support when the ship really needed a friend.  Many thanks to former Superintendent Celeste Bernardo who helped so much in 2005. 

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park warmly invites the public to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the creation of the park in 1996 on Saturday, November 12, when the park will hold a birthday party from 12 noon to 4:00 PM.  Download details.

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Ernestina Archives Made Accessible

  U Mass Dartmouth

Some of the items in the archive are showcased in an exhibit.  Guests enjoyed viewing the items before the ceremony began.  You can stop by the Archives to view the exhibit yourself.


Cape Verde ex-leader Pedro Pires wins Mo Ibrahim prize

Mr. Pires, Cape Verde's former President won the Mo Ibrahim prize for good governance in Africa. The prize committee said Mr. Pires, who stepped down in August, had helped make the archipelago off the West African coast a "model of democracy, stability and increased prosperity".


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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. 














SEMA Directors:


Mary Anne McQuillan

Vice President:

Julius Britto


Robert Hildreth


John Buddy Andrade

Captain Willi BankM

Christopher Davis,  esq

Marc Pires

Derek Stevens

Polly Zajac


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Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 2 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 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