November 24, 2020 ______Update 141
Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor

Giving Thanks

On this Thanksgiving we are giving thanks that Ernestina-Morrissey is closer to sailing again than she has been in 15 years, thankful;

  • That the Massachusetts Legislature along with both the Patrick Administration and now the Baker Administration have worked together to support an amazing future for Ernestina-Morrissey;

  • That all of you, as members of the SEMA crew, have raised your voices and given your support as SEMA worked to raise the money, and partner with the Schooner Ernestina Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and now Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

  • Most of all we all owe immense gratitude for Gerry Lenfest’s commitment to Ernestina-Morrissey and the Lenfest family's generosity in their continued support in his memory. Currently, all the progress on Phase II of the restoration of the Ernestina-Morrissey at Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor is being funded through the generosity of the Lenfest Family.
Progress Reports from the Shipyard -
October 30 and November 20, 2020
We are also thankful for the crew at Bristol Marine's Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor. We hope you have been following the progress in their extraordinary work since Ernestina-Morrissey arrived there in 2015.

If you don't want to wait for the next Newsletter, bookmark the website and then you can check there often for reports.
Ernestina-Morrissey's historic items have refurbished and are being installed during Phase II. These century-old mechanical bilge pumps were renewed by Edson Company of New Bedford. READ MORE and MORE PHOTOS
In the linked series of photos you will see progress on the restoration of the Ernestina-Morrissey at Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor. 
You can easily access all our past posts about the Ernestina-Morrissey rehabilitation project HERE.
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey
Advisory Board Appointed

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Advisory Board has been appointed by G0vernor Baker and was sworn in on November 13, 2020 by Joe Maynard of the Governor’s Office via Zoom. The Board will advise the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on matters that relate to the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. MEET THE NEW BOARD MEMEBRS HERE
Ernestina-Morrissey - Far and Wide
The National Maritime Historical Society held a virtual Annual Awards Dinner in October and they have made a video available which is embedded in this link. Although there are many interviews and other segments you will enjoy we suggest you check at 30:31 for the last couple of minutes of an interview by ADM Robert J. Papp Jr., USCG (Ret.) of Richardo R. Lopes discussing his documentary “Sails Over Ice and Seas” and at 51:20 Under "Ships Roll Call" MMA's President, RADM Francis McDonald, USMS for Ernestina-Morrissey, a past recipient of the American Ship Trust Award. 

Robert Mitchell's photographs are featured in this release from Classic Yacht Owners Association. )
December 1!
Although holiday shopping has taken a new form this year of Covid, GIVING TUESDAY is still an opportunity to support Ernestina-Morrissey. Please consider a gift to help SEMA in our continuing mission to support this historic schooner into her future!
The Wind in Our Sails!
This Project to rehabilitate Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, the official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is being supported by a public/private partnership with funds from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The H.F. Lenfest Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, the Hildreth-Stewart Charitable Foundation, The Manton Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - Mary Morley Crapo Hyde Eccles Fund, the City of New Bedford’s Community Preservation Act Program, the Carney Family Foundation, the Island Foundation, other grants and many individual contributions. You can join this "crew"!
Did you know that by shopping at you can support Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey? Bookmark this link so that the next time you shop at Amazon a portion of your purchase can support your ship!
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