August 2015

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

August 6, 2015



Work is progressing at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and many of you that have visited have sent photos.  Commissioner Fred Sterner met with the shipyard crew July 29.  The photos have been compiled in a Flickr Album.  When you click on a photo it enlarges and if you scroll down most have descriptions.  Keep sending those photos.  It is an amazing process to watch!

While the shipyard crew works on the ship, the Schooner Ernestina Commission has begun planning for the future.  Meetings have begun with Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Commission thanks retiring Admiral Gurnon for his initiative and looks forward to working with the newly appointed president of MMA, Francis McDonald, as plans unfold.

Check the articles below for more news.


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA

Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and Maine Welcome Ernestina-Morrissey

Eric Graves, President of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, recently shared with CBS 13 a description of the Ernestina-Morrissey project.   And Laurie Schreiber of the Island Institute recently published an article in The Working Waterfront.


Cape Verdean Recognition Week Events

Ernestina-Morrissey's importance to Cape Verdeans everywhere was clear during these events in New Bedford as the 40th anniversary of  Cape Verdean  independence was celebrated.  Check out the video and READ MORE ... 
Visit the Ernestina-Morrissey booth this Saturday!

Save the Date:

Did you know that by shopping at 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 Monday, October 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 William St. New Bedford.  

Check the  Upcoming Events on the website  for details.


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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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Julius Britto 

Vice President:

Robert Hildreth

Louise Croteau


Mary Anne McQuillan  



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Catherine Dempsey

Melissa DeValles

Michael Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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