June 2013

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

June 12, 2013




Ernestina looks GREAT!  A lot of work was done under the winter cover by DCR staff, the masts have been stepped and the summer interpreter is on the job.  Stop by and say hi.


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA



The Masts are UP!

On May 31 one of  N.C. Hudon's cranes arrived at State Pier. The masts were ready, Leon Poindexter's and his crew were ready. By the end of the day Ernestina  was even closer to sailing again.  Follow the photo story ... 




Mast Coins Reflect 

Ernestina's History



Commission Chair Laura Pires-Hester, SEMA President Julius Britto, NPS Ranger Emily Prigot and others gathered to celebrate the placing of the coins before the masts were stepped.    Read more ......

SEMA Directors Elected


Mike Gomes


At the recent Annual Meeting the SEMA board re-elected directors Capt. Willi Bank and Polly Zajac and elected two new directors. Read More ...



SoCo Blueways Kick-Off at AHA!


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Visit us at the Whaling Museum Jacobs Gallery for the partner's showcase for the NEW SoCo Blueways Kickoff. 
The Whaling History Alliance alongside a number of local partners has begun an effort to create a nationally recognized water trail right here in the Southcoast. In an effort to gain support and publicize the many organizations who already actively program our waterways like Ernestina, they are holding a SoCo Blueways Kick-off Event on June 13th, 2013 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The event will coincide with June AHA! night, Portraits of a Port  and will include two portions, a partner showcase fair and a brief speaking portion. The fair will be held in the Jacobs Gallery between 5-7pm and the speaking portion will commence at approximately 6pm, followed at 7 pm by a performance by the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus.  
We have been assured they will sing Lovely Ernestina.

Summer Interpreter Appointed


Tom Nixon

Tom Nixon has been appointed DCR's Seasonal Interpreter for Ernestina.  He will be providing programs for the public during the summer and is anxious to get started.  Volunteers will be needed to provide deck tours for groups boarding the ship.  Please CONTACT us if you can help or are interested in a program.   


Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 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 65 

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

Polly Zajac   



Polly Zajac











 Polly ZajajP


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New Bedford, MA 02741