June 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association

June 14, 2011




Have you voted in the This Place Matters Community Challenge yet?  We have made fantastic progress up the leader board in the past week as more people vote and ask others to vote.  This is an easy way to be $25,000 closer to raising the money Ernestina needs for repairs.  Vote today and ask all your friends to vote too. If more than one person uses your computer be sure to log out so the other person can vote with their email address.  Let's go viral with this!


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne



Ernestina on the Railway in Fairhaven

Report at Commission Meeting



haulout showing fore & aft

The Coast Guard inspectors have had their first look at the ship.  The bottom has been cleaned. Shipwright Leon Poindexter and other experts have been looking at all the components of the ship as part of the estimating process.

We expect an interim report to be given to the Schooner Ernestina Commission  at the meeting on Friday. (details below)

This photo shows the clear difference between the forward part of the ship rebuilt in Boothbay 3 years ago and the stern which still needs rehabilitation.

Programming Committee plans Summer Events  ** Volunteers Needed


The Programming Committee will be meeting after the Commission meeting on Friday.  (details below) All are welcome.  There are several festivals in New England that will welcome our participation and information and the committee will be discussing these events at the meeting.  One particular need is the for coordinators for each of the events.  If you can help coordinate participation in any festivals in Providence, Boston, Brockton, North Shore or of course New Bedford please CONTACT US.   There will be specific requests after the meeting but organizing needs to start for events in late June and early July ASAP.  Please let us know if you can help.


March with SEMA July 2!

2010 CV parade E banner

Stephen Gaun and Leah Jeffries march in 2010


We need Ernestina supporters to march with our National Park partners.  The  Cape Verdean Independence and Recognition Parade in New Bedford on Saturday, July 2 will be a great event and a way to encourage support for our efforts to

Get Ernestina Sailing.  CONTACT US if you'd like to participate. 




2010 CV parade 

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Mary Anne McQuillan

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Julius Britto


Robert Hildreth


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Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting has been scheduled for Friday, June 17 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. William St. New Bedford.  The agenda hasn't been posted yet but you can access the minutes of previous Commission meetings.  Follow the link and scroll down the chronological list to the Schooner Ernestina Commission entries.

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Landmark Photo Contest



Do you have a GREAT photo of Ernestina?  Enter it in the National Historic Landmarks 2011 Photo Contest.  The contest name, "Imaging Our National Heritage" encourages people to use their cameras to capture the meaning of the National Historic Landmark in a photo. DETAILS HERE   Deadline July 31.


Ernestina was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. 



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