February 2016

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin
February 15, 2016

Ernestina-Morrissey  will be featured in the April 7 lecture of the New Bedford Whaling Museum's  2016 Sailors' Series "A Century of Design & Invention".  

Chester Brigham, author of  "Phoenix of the Seas" will recount the journeys and travails of the  Ernestina-Morrissey , State Ship of Massachusetts. Mr. Brigham has written an engaging account of the many "lives" of the ship.  You will enjoy his presentation. "Phoenix of the Seas" will be available for sale that night at the Whaling Museum.   

Following the discussion of her history, Master Shipwright David Short, Project Manager for Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and Captain Harold Burnham, DCR's Owner's Representative, will provide insights into the restoration project ongoing in Maine as the ship is prepared to write the next chapter in her amazing life.

Order your tickets for April 7 then check out the articles below for what's been going on in the shipyard.

Fair Winds,
Mary Anne McQuillan
Secretary, SEMA
New Year in Boothbay Harbor

As the New Year begins, the dismantling of Ernestina-Morrissey continues but in the sheds the new construction begins! 

Ross working on the sternpost. Note the rabbet cut and tenon on the bottom. credit H.Burnham

More photos and details on the website:
What's Old is New Again

As the Effie M. Morrissey, then the Ernestina and now Ernestina-Morrissey has changed from one mission to another,the ship was adapted to these new missions.  From fishing, to Arctic service to packet ship to educator the ship was changed. Ernestina-Morrissey has needed many refits over her 122 years of constant hard use.  The good news is that she is now being prepared for her next Phoenix-like reincarnation.   There will be changes to better prepare the ship for her future and to ensure all Coast Guard requirements will be met to allow the certifications she will need.  One change will be the way the ship is ballasted.   READ MORE.....

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!

Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 


The next Commission meeting will be scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 2:00 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.

Check the Commission page on the DCR website for more information.  Scroll down for Meeting Information.


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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  



Captain Willi BankM

Catherine Dempsey

Melissa DeValles

Miguel Gomes

Kurt Hasselbalch

Manuel Lopez

Derek Stevens

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Julius Britto, President
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New Bedford, MA 02741