October 2012

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

October 28, 2012




The Working Waterfront Festival provided a wonderful end to the summer programming for Ernestina.  The ship was well represented in events from Harwich to Gloucester and of course dockside in New Bedford.  Many thanks to coordinators Commissioner Gene Monteiro, Chuck Smiler, Barbara Burgo, Julius Britto and the many volunteers that helped tell Ernestina's story to thousands.  And see the article below about DCR Interpreter Elizabeth Laver Kacergis.


The Schooner Ernestina Commission is planning for Ernestina's  

future and has engaged University of Massachusetts Center for Marketing  Research to conduct a survey of operating historical ships.  The results of this survey will allow the Commission to begin establishing "a clear way forward for the ship to be operated and maintained as an educational enterprise."


Finally, Election Day is Tuesday November 6.  Please be sure to VOTE!   

We get the government we elect.  If we don't vote we get the government we deserve.


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA



Hurricane Sandy  


Ernestina has some new neighbors as ships crowd into New Bedford Harbor this weekend to ride out the storm behind the Hurricane Barrier.  DCR personnel have prepared the ship at her usual mooring on the southwest corner of State Pier.  We will report back after the storm.

Thank you, Vicki and Barney


9-8-2012 Mary Anne, Gene, Julius, Vicki Kennedy and Candida - photo credit - Barbara Burgo

The New Bedford Whaling NHP is celebrating their 15th Anniversary.  On Saturday September 8 a special event was held to thank Representative Barney Frank and honor Senator Ted Kennedy for their invaluable efforts to establish 

New Rep. Barney Frank Award Bedford's National Park and 

Ernestina Commissioners Gene Monteiro and Fred Sterner and SEMA officers Julius Britto and Mary Anne McQuillan were honored to be able to personally thank Vicki Kennedy and Rep. Barney Frank for his and Sen. Kennedy's long support of Ernestina and their work to to assure Schooner Ernestina was a partner in the park.   

Mrs. Kennedy complemented Candida Rose for her rendition of the National Anthem.  Thank you to Barbara Burgo for the photo.  MORE PHOTOS



Thank you, Elizabeth  

Elizabeth Laver Kacergis Open Ship
Elizabeth and visitors at Open Ship


DCR provided a full-time seasonal interpreter this year. Elizabeth Laver Kacergis provided outreach at festivals and programs dockside during the summer.


Amy Wilmot, Regional Interpretive Coordinator, has announced that Elizabeth's outstanding performance this summer was recognized by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.  The Interpretive Services

Elizabeth Laver Kacergis codfish in Gloucester
What do you do with a codfish?

program is committed to excellence in the fields of education, interpretation and visitor services.  This program recruits, hires and trains a highly talented and dedicated seasonal interpretive team.  Through this awards program, the Bureau seeks to recognize outstanding achievements and showcase the successes of Bureau staff in advancing the delivery of services and products in the Massachusetts state parks system.

Elizabeth was presented with the "Outstanding Professionalism in Service" Award which recognized an interpreter that "makes the most of a first impression".  This award is awarded to a seasonal park interpreter who has provided outstanding representation of and service to the DCR's mission, goals and objectives through professionalism in service.

Congratulations and thank you, Elizabeth!


Thank you, Volunteers  

Steven Gaun, Fred Zinger and the Sydlowski Family
Stephen, Fred and the Sydlowski Family.
The Gloucester Schooner Festival is always "Old Home Week" for Ernestina volunteers.  Stephen Gaun has coordinated festival participation and Fred Zinger has worked on the ship as Manny's right hand man.  The Sydlowski Family's connection to Ernestina goes back the her Effie M. Morrissey days.  They are descendants of Captain Harry Ross of "The Log of the Record Run" fame and featured in Frederick William Wallace's famous photos of the ship in 1912. 
A Camera on the Banks  

Harold Burnham is a National Treasure


The NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize the recipients' artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.  Recently Harold Burnham sailed his schooner Ardelle to Washington DC to accept his 2012 Fellowship.   Harold supervised the rebuild of Ernestina's bow at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in 2008-2009.  Effie M. Morrissey was built in Essex, MA in 1894 and Harold deserves this honor for continuing the Essex shipbuilding tradition.  


Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2012 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. 



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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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Robert Hildreth

Louise Croteau


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