June 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association

June 27, 2011




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Fair Winds,

Mary Anne



Commission Members visit Ernestina in Fairhaven


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Some Commissioners visited Ernestina  last week to check on Coast Guard required repairs  being overseen by shipwright Leon Poindexter.   Mr. Poindexter will also provide the Schooner Ernestina Commission with  estimates of the work needed to regain Certification to Carry Passengers during this haul-out.  It appears that the frames behind the planks that were removed are reasonably sound and the leaking below the water line will be resolved by recaulking the horn timber and the area around the rudder.  With these repairs Ernestina will keep her Dockside Attraction Certification.  More extensive repairs to the transom will be completed at a later time after any other work needed to regain Certification to Carry Passengers is identified.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is working closely with the Schooner Ernestina Commission and the Massachusetts Historical Commission to assure the best future this National Treasure.

More PHOTOS on website.


Volunteers needed! 


The Programming Committee plans participation in several events this summer.  Please visit the website HERE for details and events.  Enthusiastic Ernestina supporters are needed to tell her story at these events.


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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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Mary Anne McQuillan

Vice President:

Julius Britto


Robert Hildreth


John Buddy Andrade

Captain Willi BankM

Christopher Davis,  esq

Marc Pires

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Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting has been scheduled for Friday,  August 19 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 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.

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Landmark Photo Contest



Do you have a GREAT photo of Ernestina?  Enter it in the National Historic Landmarks 2011 Photo Contest.  The contest name, "Imaging Our National Heritage" encourages people to use their cameras to capture the meaning of the National Historic Landmark in a photo. DETAILS HERE   Deadline July 31.


Ernestina was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. 



Mary Anne McQuillan, President
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc
 P.O. Box 2995
New Bedford, MA 02741