August 2013

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

August 17, 2013




It's ALREADY August!  DCR's Tom Nixon has been explaining Ernestina's  importance to walk-on visitors and groups Wednesday through Saturday 8:00 am until 3:30 pm.  Stop by to come aboard or CONTACT us for group visits.  Thursday August 8 has special hours for AHA! 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA



"Dancing in the Streets" for Ernestina  

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There will be "Dancing in the Streets" as we celebrate the anniversary of Schooner Ernestina's return and gift from Cape Verde to the United States with a traditional Cape Verdean street dance procession through Downtown to the Cape Verdean-American Veterans for a party continuing after AHA!  READ MORE



At the recent Ernestina Commission meeting Chair Laura Pires-Hester shared the albums given to her by Peggy Lyon's sisters.  The material will be placed in the Archives at U Mass Dartmouth.  Peggy was was the only woman of the 14-person Crew of 8 Cape Verdeans and 6 Americans that sailed Schooner Ernestina back from Mindelo, Cape Verde in the summer of 1982.  Laura shares this remembrance, READ MORE


Do You Use Facebook?

Did you know that Facebook limits fan page updates to 10-20% of its fan base? To ensure you get SEMA Updates on Facebook   in your news feed simply mouse over the "Liked" button on the Ernestina 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 our updates! 



Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The September Commission meeting has not been scheduled yet. Check the website, it will be posted on the calendar as soon as it is announced.


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 66 

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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Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc
 P.O. Box 2995
New Bedford, MA 02741