June 2015

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

June 2, 2015



There's progress at the shipyard and events are planned for New Bedford and Gloucester as you can see in the articles below.  SEMA has a Memorandum of Agreement with the Schooner Ernestina Comission and DCR to raise one million dollars for the reconstruction project.  We are excited that Matthew Stackpole, most recently a Major gifts Officer and Ship's Historian for the Charles W. Morgan Restoration Project, has joined the SEMA team to help us reach our fund raising goal.  A sailing Ernestina-Morrissey  will return to Massachusetts' waters to serve the Commonwealth again.  


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne McQuillan

Secretary, SEMA

Book launch at Cape Ann Museum


Please join us at the Cape Ann Museum

Saturday June 13 at 3:00 with a presentation by the author, Chester Brigham.

 Phoenix of the Seas, by Chester Brigham is the three-ocean, three-centuries saga of the Gloucester schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, State Ship of Massachusetts

The Ernestina-Morrissey's story is one of wide-ranging maritime adventures, lived by a remarkable cast of captains, crews and voyagers. 



Where in the World has Ernestina-Morrissey been?


The Seamen's Bethel and the Schooner Ernestina Commission present AHA!  Latitudes and Longitudes of Ernestina-Morrissey.



Progress in Boothbay


Matthew Stackpole and Capt Harold Burnham last week

The ship has been in the yard for 7 weeks and much planning work is being done but there has been some visible progress as well.   As you can see the masts are down and other equipment has been removed and safely stored.  Harold is at the ship weekly working with shipyard staff in his position as DCR Owner's Representative and Matthew visited while Harold was there last week collecting information for SEMA.




Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 33 William St. New Bedford.  

Check the  Upcoming Events on the website  for details.


Did you know that by shopping at Amazon.com 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!
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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. 















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Julius Britto 

Vice President:

Robert Hildreth

Louise Croteau


Mary Anne McQuillan  



Captain Willi BankM

Catherine Dempsey

Melissa DeValles

Michael Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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