February 2014

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

February 19, 2014



Happy New Year! And thank you to all of you who responded so generously to our appeal in December.  With your help Ernestina-Morrissey is on the way to a VERY happy 2014!  Captain Harold Burnham's final assessment of the work needed for the ship to return to sailing and estimate of the costs to accomplish it are completed.  Although the numbers have come in higher than described in Julius's letter  the good news is that the result of the work will be a ship with Coast Guard Ocean certification.  This will open a world of opportunity for Ernestina-Morrissey's next life.  Check the website often for the latest news and fundraising opportunity.  And check the video links below for the reasons this is so important! 


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA


Norcross Winter Lecture


On Saturday, February 22, 2014 Schooner Ernestina Commissioner, and former Mate, Fred Sterner and  Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association Secretary Mary Anne McQuillan and will share the amazing history of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey with Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary's members and guests.   Details



120 Years
Now THAT's a Reason for a Party!   117 birthday cake

On February 1, 1894 Effie M. Morrissey was launched from Essex,Massachusetts.
The Commission is planning many ways to

commemorate the past 120 years.  We will begin celebrating Ernestina-Morrissey's 120th birthday at AHA! Thursday March 13 at the National Park's Visitor's Center.  Check the website "Upcoming Events"  for details.



U Mass Dartmouth
The Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, now home to the Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey Archives, is pleased to announce a joint lecture by Timothy Walker and Waltraud Coli to mark the 120th anniversary of the launching of the Effie M. Morrissey.  The lecture will take place on March 3 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the Library's Grand Reading Room. Read More



Why is SEMA committed to see Ernestina-Morrissey sail again? Her amazing history is inspiring.  And sailing her can inspire.  
Just ask Sarah Jane Mulvey.  After Sarah volunteered for the WWF last fall she wrote in her blog about a 3 day voyage on Ernestina 10 years ago. Inspired by that voyage she is now a candidate for "stowaway" on the      C. W. Morgan's 38th Voyage voyage this summer.  She explains that inspiration in her video application.  
Just ask William Bogusky who recently published a wonderful video on YouTube of a 2001 trip from New Bedford to Boston.  

Other video resources are surfacing all the time.  Here are four reels of the 1932 Effie M. Morrissey voyage to Cape York, Greenland to erect a monument to Admiral Robert Peary 

Please help Ernestina-Morrissey continue to inspire the next generation.  Contact Us. 


Sing Out for Ernestina

NBH Sea Chantey Chorus


An invitation from The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus:  The Chorus has started rehearsals for the 2014 season! It promises to be an exciting year. We are always looking for new members. We are already getting concert requests for the summer. 

If you'd like to give it try, we'll be meeting on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00PM at the New Bedford Unitarian Church on Union St.   Use the Eighth St entrance (and parking lot).

Let the singing begin!!






Attention Facebook Friends

Did you know that Facebook limits fan page updates to 10-20% of its fan base? To ensure you get notifications in your news feed simply mouse over the "Liked" button on the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association PAGE and select "Show in News Feed." and "get notifications" I'm sure if we paid Facebook there would be a way to avoid you're having to do this. If you've noticed you're not getting news from other pages you've "liked" you probably need to go through the process for them too. Thank you for taking the effort to ensure you get the latest Ernestina-Morrissey news!


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 February Commission meeting has been scheduled for Monday February 24, 2014 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 70

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  



John Buddy Andrade

Captain Willi BankM

Catherine Dempsey

Melissa DeValles

Michael Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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