January 2018

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin
January 19, 2018

Happy New Year!  With a record response to our Annual Appeal by all
Fireworks in theshrouds
 Looking forward to seeing fireworks through Ernestina-Morrissey's shrouds in  New Bedford Harbor again.
of you inspired by Bob Hildreth's lead and with support of  The  Carney Family Charitable Foundation, the Mary Morley Crapo Hyde Eccles Fund, The Island Foundation, The Upstream Foundation and the income from our very successful Gala we will be receiving a $100,000+ match from the Manton Foundation.This will go a long way toward retiring our $1 million pledge toward Phase 1.   We look forward to great progress in the Shipyard this year and a launched Ernestina-Morrissey by the next new year! Be sure to check the articles below for more news. 
Fair Winds,
Mary Anne
New Year in the Shipyard

SEMA director Captain Willi Bank visited the yard last week and sent along these photos that show the sheer restored and other details and progress of the Phase 1 work.  For many more photos READ MORE:
New Owner for BHS

There is more than the work on Ernestina-Morrissey that is new in Boothbay Harbor as 2018 begins.  Andy Tyska, president of Rhode Island-based Bristol Marine, has announced the acquisition of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, now called "The Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor". Tyska said "... I know that Eric (Graves, vice-president) together with the yard's talented shipwrights and skilled workers, will build on ... past success and effect improvements ...."
"Let Me Count the Ways"

Celebrating 124 years of working and
preparing for the next assignment for Ernestina-Morrissey.

 It's been 5 years since we looked back and asked "Why this boat?"  Why do folks, with catches in their voices and glistening eyes, tell stories of her past?  Why do so many contribute to see Ernestina-Morrissey have a future?  Please Be Seated at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and help us answer this question.  Share your thoughts, have some laughs, and more!   
AND of course CAKE!  
Check the website or Facebook for more details as they develop.
Community Preservation Meeting

SEMA has applied for funding from the New Bedford Community Preservation Committee.  There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00PM in Room 314 at New Bedford City Hall.  This is an opportunity for you to share your support of Ernestina-Morrissey as the Community Preservation Committee considers our application.
Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting has not been scheduled. It will be posted at www.ernestina.org as soon as we are notified.
The agenda will be posted yet but you can follow this link to 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

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!
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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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SEMA Directors:


Julius Britto 

Vice President:

Robert Hildreth

Louise Croteau


Mary Anne McQuillan  



Captain Willi BankM

Catherine Dempsey

Melissa DeValles

Miguel Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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