October 2012

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

October 30, 2012




Just a short note to let you all is well with Ernestina after the passage of Hurricane Sandy.   I wish I could say the same for the Bounty.  Many of Ernestina's crew sailed on Bounty and know the missing captain, Robin Walbridge.  Reading Martha's blog helped me put words to my feelings.

We all need to thank the Coast Guard for their work every day and especially for their service off the Carolina coast yesterday that saved 14 lives.  


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA



Good Bye, Hurricane Sandy  


Ernestina Commissioner Fred Sterner checked on Ernestina this morning. All is well

DCR staffer Paul removes extra dock lines that were set in anticipation of Sandy's arrival.
Preparations have begun to erect the winter cover.  That is the extra rail you see.

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. 



Issue 59

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

Polly Zajac   



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New Bedford, MA 02741