November 2017

November 22, 2017

As Thanksgiving Day approaches we look to everthing we friends of Ernestina-Morrissey  have to be thankful this season.  Thanks to Gene  Monreiro for his six years of service as a member of the Schooner Ernestina Commission. Those six years were so important to setting this course to the future that the vessel is now on. We thank the new commissioners who will continue the work to insure a wonderful sailing Ernestina-Morrissey.   Welcome, Idulce M. Brandao and Jose Couto Centeio.  Thanks to Governor Charlie Baker who has supported the current Commission and its work.
Thank you to all the media support we have had from Sea History and Marlinspike Magazines and The New Bedford Standard Times and all your social media shares which help spread the news too,
Thanks to all our supporters who have helped SEMA as we work to raise $1,000,000 to complete the funding of the Phase 1 Rehabilitation of Ernestina-Morrissey. 
SEMA's fundraising continues with "Giving Tuesday", November 28 as we work to raise the match to the Manton Foundation's challenge of a 1:1 match of all the funds we raise.  
You can help us "Meet the Match" with your donation today.  CONTACT US!
Fair Winds,
Mary Anne
Thank You, Governor Baker! 
During a recent visit by  Cape Verde Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva, he and Commission Chair Licy DoCanto presented a framed print, by New Bedford artist, Arthur Moniz, of the Schooner Ernestina to Governor Charlie Baker.  The print was engraved with the following inscription: 
" To Governor Charlie Baker and the People of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, We Thank You for your Unwavering Commitment and Support for the Beloved Schooner Ernestina-Morrisey
With Gratitude from The Republic of Cabo Verde and the Massachusetts Schooner Ernestina Commission"  
A Visit to the Shipyard

Here workers are fairing frames for the next course of internal planks "stringers" which strengthen and stabilize the hull. 
[Peter Pereira/The Standard-Times/SCMG]

In October Steve Urbon and Peter Pereira from the New Bedford Standard Times/SouthCoast Today visited Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.  Their report "Historic Schooner Gets New Lease on Life" was published on October 28.  Be sure you look at all of Peter's photos in the slide show when you follow the link.  What a great article!  Thank you!

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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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