September 2013

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

September 10, 2013




New Bedford's Working Waterfront Festival will be held Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. The WWF celebrates the "real thing", New Bedford's working harbor and of course the oldest fishing vessel in the harbor, fishing since 1894, Effie M. Morrissey. This famous Arctic explorer, this beloved Cape Verdean packet and exciting sea-going educator, Massachusetts Official Tall Ship, our own Ernestina ex. Effie M. Morrissey, will be in the center of the action in her berth at State Pier.  


This year we will need MORE volunteers to help the Ernestina Commission Programming Committee and DCR host the dignitaries for the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday AND three "Story Times" with children's authors Daisy Nell, Janie Meneely  and Meghan Lapp, AND public deck tours on both days. 

The WWF has been a great all-hands-on-deck opportunity to tell Ernestina's story.  Last year we had many visitors despite the less-than-pleasant weather.  Please join the Ernestina "crew" and volunteer for two hours to help tell the thousands of visitors to the Festival how important Ernestina ex Effie M Morrissey is to you and to Massachusetts.  Please share this message and ask your friends to join the "crew"!

CONTACT us today!




Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA



Welcome Commissioner Murray

Jack Murray was recently appointed as DCR Commissioner to replace Ed Lambert who has taken a position with University of Massachusetts - Boston.   We thank Ed for his work toassure a good future for Ernestina and wish him the very best in his new position.  Murray has served as Deputy Commissioner at DCR since 2007, managing the operations of the Massachusetts State Park system...  READ MORE...


What's in Ernestina's Library?



Visit us in the  New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park  (33 William Street) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Explore some of the books written about Ernestina and about her life as Effie M. Morrissey.  You will be amazed at how much literature was inspired by our own ship and vessels like her.  Fishing. Exploring. Traveling to Cape Verde and Back... READ MORE...



29th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

Virginia & Adventure, wing & wing, heading for the finish. Adventure over the mark with Virginia right on her tail.


On Saturday August 31 Maritime Gloucester hosted their Maritime Heritage Day as part of the three day Gloucester Schooner Festival.  The occasional downpours didn't dampen the enthusiasm of our volunteers or the many visitors who stopped to talk.  READ MORE...


Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The September Commission meeting has been scheduled for Monday September 16 at 1 pm . Details. 


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 68 

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