May 2013

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

May 2, 2013




Here is the the update I promised you on the mast and rig project.  The crew are on target to step the masts by June 1.  Lend a Hand at our partner National Park is this Saturday May 18.  Follow the link for details. 


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA



Re-Rig Project Has Begun

Leon Poindexter's and his crew are preparing the masts and rigging and will raise the masts by June 1.  The posting on the website will be updated often.  It will be great to see the masts scraping the sky!  One step closer to getting Ernestina sailing again.





Spring 2013 Marketing Survey Completed


Center for Marketing Research students presented their findings to the Commission and SEMA.

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Back to the Roots

Ernestina will be a highlight of  the New Bedford visit of participants of the Back to the Roots Travel Show May 24.

Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 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 64 

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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