May 2012

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association


May 3, 2012




The news of the RFEI has been received with interest.  News outlets are spreading the word but you can help by sharing the news as well. 

If you have any questions or comments be sure to contact the Historic Curator Program.   The purpose of this RFEI is to identify interested parties and to gather information to refine the process of  leasing Ernestina.  Now is the time to share your information  with  the Historic Curator Program staff.  I know you want to see the best possible future for Ernestina. You can help Ernestina move toward that future by participating in this process.



Fair Winds,

Mary Anne



Lend a hand to Ernestina.  

Last year's crew had a great day!

The May 12 work day has been confirmed!  As part of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park's Volunteer Day,  DCR and SEMA are cooperating in a workday for Ernestina on Saturday, May 12.  

NP staff will be ready at 8:30 am at the Visitor's Center at 33 William St New Bedford.  You need to stop by there first to register before you come to the ship.  We will start work at 9 am and work until approximately 12:30 pm when, following the morning's projects, there will be a complimentary "All-American Cookout" in the National Park Visitor Center Garden for those volunteering, sponsored by the Whaling History Alliance.  

Please CONTACT us if you will be volunteering so we can prepare for refreshments and can plan the working groups.  


Notes from Friends

I often receive notes from folks and I want to share some information related to Ernestina, her history, her circumstances and her potential. 


From CNN an article about why restoration of an historic ship is important.


"We can't just leave it," says O'Sullivan. "Such is the fragile nature of the ship, and because of its susceptibility to the elements, restoration must be carried out now or otherwise it will deteriorate. If we don't do the work, eventually we'll lose what we've got."


HMS Victory


We need this kind of commitment for Ernestina!


Nat Wilson, sailmaker, describes his craft.


 When will Ernestina's 2660 square foot mainsail be raised again?


Ernestina is an unparralled platform for experiential learning.  Here's a boatbuilding example.  

CVN's Tom Lopes has a Coolleywood YouTube channel.  Here is a video of Schooner Ernestina leaving the port of Mindelo, CV in 1982 


Captain Bob Bartlett spent his life exploring the Arctic.  Can you imagine what he would do with today's technology?  Here's a modern explanation of why a person explores.




Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 15 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 access the minutes of previous Commission meetings.  Follow the link and scroll down the chronological list to the Schooner Ernestina Commission entries.  This is an open meeting.

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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:


Mary Anne McQuillan

Vice President:

Robert Hildreth

Julius Britto


Polly Zajac 


John Buddy Andrade

Captain Willi BankM

Christopher Davis,  esq

Marc Pires

Derek Stevens



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Mary Anne McQuillan, President
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc
 P.O. Box 2995
New Bedford, MA 02741