June 2015

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

June 21, 2015



The Schooner Ernestina Commission met with Captain Harold Burnham at their meeting last week.  Harold reported that oak has been ordered from Denmark.  After the Napoleonic Wars the Danes planted oaks to provide timber for shipbuilding.  Their foresight allows today's shipwrights access to the best resources for wooden ship construction.  The wood is being cut to Harold's specifications and when it arrives it will be seasoned before reconstruction begins. Meanwhile Boothbay Harbor will be celebrating  Windjammer Days. Stop by the Shipyard and see how impressive Ernestina-Morrissey is up on the railway.


You know where Ernestina-Morrissey is but do you know where she has been? The folks at June's AHA! learned where and you can too


July 5 is the 40th Anniversary of Cape Verde's Independence.  Read the information below about the special presentation to commemorate that event AND march with us in the 43rd Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA

A Gift Born of Independence

Where were you on July 5th, 1975? 

Julius Britto was in Praia, Cape Verde. On June 30 come to hear of his experiences on that day and how important Ernestina became.  Join us at the New Bedford Whaling Museum for this 43rd Cape Verdean Recognition Week presentation.


A New History of Ernestina-Morrissey

Phoenix of the Seas was launched last Saturday.  Read Laura Pires-Hester review and you will want your own copy.  Laura is the  current chair of the Schooner Ernestina Commission and has been involved with the ship since the 1970's. Use Amazon Smile and help the ship with your purchase.

Did you know that by shopping at Amazon.com you can support Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey?   Bookmark this link so that the next time you shop at Amazon a portion of your purchase can support your ship!

Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 9:00 am at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 William St. New Bedford.  

Check the  Upcoming Events on the website  for details.


Issue 83

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

Michael Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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New Bedford, MA 02741