January 2013

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

January 29, 2012




Happy New Year!  Take a look at these articles detailing the latest information about Schooner Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey.  

And please join us to celebrate the ship's 119th Anniversary on February 14!


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA



Come join the FUFU band!  Let's make some music for Ernestina!

Come celebrate Schooner Ernestina's 119th birthday on Valentine's Day and join in the fun, 
 Kids of all ages will meet at 7:30 P.M. in front of the Visitor Center to join the fufu band. read more...


Ernestina Commission Visits Ship

The recent Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting included a visit to Ernestina to review the work being done and to examine concerns yet to be addressed. 


Volunteer Pilot Project


Ship's wheel
The Commission and DCR would like to begin a pilot program to allow volunteers to work on Ernestina for more than just for the two major annual work days that have been held recently.  
DCR staff will identify projects that will involve a small group, or perhaps just one volunteer.  


Tom Lopes 

2012 New Bedford Man of the Year


Tom Lopes
photo credit 
Frank Pina
Tom Lopes was posthumously honored as
Tom is most deserving of this honor. Tom's work was very important for Ernestina, particularly his work in the Legislature and with CVN.  We miss his enthusiastic support of Ernestina.  




Arctic Day


During the holiday vacation week New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park hosted Arctic Day to celebrate Arctic connections of their partners The New Bedford Whaling Museum, Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska,  and Schooner Ernestina.  


Effie M. Morrissey's 

"Record Run" Centennial


A Camera on the Banks
On December 10, 1912 Frederick William Wallace boarded the "Morrissey" for what would become her "Record Run" from Portland, ME and Yarmouth, NS. 





Film Screening 

PTBCV film
"Proud to be Cape Verdean (PTBCV): A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State," a documentary about the Cape Verdean community in California, will screen on Friday, Feb 8 @ 6:15pm at the Corson Maritime Learning Center Theater, 33 William St, New Bedford, Ma. Doors open at 6:00pm. The event is free to the public.  Read more...


Marketing Survey Completed,

Follow-up Scheduled



The Schooner Ernestina Commission and the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. commissioned the University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth Charlton College of Business Center for Marketing Research to conduct a marketing survey this fall.  


Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 William St. New Bedford. 


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 61

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

Christopher Davis,  esq

Catherine Dempsey

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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