May 2014

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

May 27, 2014


These are exciting times for Ernestina-Morrissey.  The goal of getting her sailing again is within sight and we look forward to enlisting new friends to help in the final push.  We know you are already a friend and we ask you to help the Commission, DCR and SEMA.  The New Bedford Homecoming of the Charles W. Morgan is one opportunity to share the ship with the thousands expected to visit New Bedford.  Please take a look at the articles below and see how you can help.  Then contact us and volunteer! 


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA

Morgan Homecoming
"The Charles W. Morgan New Bedford Homecoming 2014" by Arthur Moniz

We wish Ernestina could be in the harbor to greet the CW Morgan when she arrives in New Bedford in early June as depicted in this wonderful painting by Arthur Moniz.  But we will be telling her story during Open Ships all week.  You can help. Volunteer.



Row for Ernestina


Ernestina needs two good hands.  Are you a rower?  Will you join the dory crew?  Ernestina's dory will have a place of honor in the Parade of Boats on Sunday 

June 29 during the Morgan Homecoming.   Read More:



Portraits of a Port AHA! June 12

AHA june 2014
Join us on the 54th Regiment Plaza for children's activities and the rousing chanteys of New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus including "Lovely Ernestina"  Contact us if you can help.

The Cutest T-shirts!


Here they are, by popular demand, kid's sized t-shirts:





Place orders today.



GNBRVTHS Students Fabricate New Charlie Noble for Ernestina
Justin Bamber, Ben Gilchrest and 

Dennis Tetreault, Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies Instructor stopped by the ship to see the installation.

  Here's how they did it.



Spring Doings


In case you haven't been visiting the website often and you don't access our Facebook page (you can look at it without signing up) here's a little of what you've missed.

  •  Celebration of Ernestina-Morrissey's 120th anniversary began with a joint lecture by Timothy Walker and Waltraud Coli hosted by the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections at UMass - Dartmouth. 
  • Commissioner Fred Sterner and SEMA Secretary Mary Anne McQuillan traveled to Wales, Massachusetts to speak at the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Marty Casey, Annie McDowell and Willi Bank celebrated with a birthday cake at AHA!
  • The Zeiterion recognized Ernestina as a "Water Steward of the SouthCoast
  • David Pires worked on winter maintenance again this year.  One project completed was preparing a dory for use this summer.
  • Paul Alexio has been appointed DCR's supervisor of Ernestina and SEMA volunteers have begun to work with him including DCR's Park Serve Day and the National Park's Lend-a-Hand Day.
  • SEMA President Julius Britto and Director Derek Stevens explained Ernestina's significance at "Dia de Cabo Verde/Day of Cape Verdean Culture
  • DCR Supervisor Paul Alexio and volunteers have been busy since the cover came off and DCR consultant Harold Burnham continues to work on the plan for bringing Ernestina to Coast Guard Ocean certification.
  • And finally, a new Superintendent for New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park has been appointed 

Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The June Commission meeting has been scheduled for Monday June 16, 2014 at 10:00 am  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. 

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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. 















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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New Bedford, MA 02741