June 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association

June 7, 2011




Have you voted in the This Place Matters Community Challenge yet?  We are down the leader board right now but it is very fluid because not many votes have been registered yet. We have been assured that the technical difficulties in start-up have been ironed out.   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



E on the railway

On Monday morning, June 6, the Tug Jaguar took Ernestina alongside and her lines were cast off from State Pier. With Captain Charlie Mitchell at the helm of Jaguar the two vessels traveled in tandem across New Bedford Harbor to Fairhaven Shipyard.  Onboardwere DCR crew Jeff Carter and Manny Silva, shipwright Leon Poindexter, and former Ernestina crew Willi Bank and Fred Sterner.


The ship was expertly positioned to enter the cradle and then Jaguar stood by as the Shipyard crew carefully positioned Ernestina for her journey up the railway.   Once the cables held her in exact position the chain began pulling the cradle up the rails.  With several pauses for careful repositioning of the blocks the skillful crew from Fairhaven Shipyard insured Ernestina was perfectly balanced as she rose from the water. 


Ernestina will be on the ways for a few weeks while she is inspected, routine maintenance is completed and Coast Guard required repairs are made.  The Schooner Ernestina Commission expects to receive estimates of the work needed to regain certification to carry passengers during this haul-out.  Check  ernestina.org  for more pictures.

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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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Mary Anne McQuillan

Vice President:

Julius Britto


Robert Hildreth


John Buddy Andrade

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Christopher Davis,  esq

Marc Pires

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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