January 2012

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association


January 18, 2012




Many Ernestina supporters rose to Bob's challenge and in one short month we have raised nearly $17,000 to match his $10,000!   

SEMA is looking forward to 2012 surpassing 2011 in progress toward getting Ernestina sailing again.    We will begin formulating a major fundraising campaign in anticipation of the estimates being prepared by Shipwright Leon Poindexter.   The work needed has been specified by Coast Guard requirements,  surveys by Captain Paul Haley, and thorough inspections by a naval architect and a marine engineer.  The final reports and estimates will be presented to the Schooner Ernestina Commission soon.

If you have fundraising experience and would like to help please CONTACT us. 


Happy New Year,

Mary Anne


Celebrate Ernestina's 118th birthday and AHA! Carnevale.  The Commission Programming Committee is planning a great event!

Check "Save the Date " Details   from Barbara Burgo.

Scouts Voyage in 2001


This article showcases how Ernestina can serve Massachusetts and her citizens.  

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Brian J. Rothschild Joins the Commission

Brian Rothschild


Essex 1947


The storyline of this film shows it's age but it has some amazing footage of wooden ship construction methods in Essex, MA where Effie M. Morrissey was built at the James and Tarr yard and launched in 1894.

The Shipbuilders of Essex


Ernestina Recognized as Endangered

Most Endangered Historic Ships of 2011

A Camera on the Banks  exhibit - 

Ottawa, Canada 



"Let the unique photographs of Frederick William Wallace transport you to the last days of Nova Scotia's schooners under sail."   Wallace sailed on Effie M. Morrissey and took photos featured in this exhibit.  If you can't make it to Ottawa, the book is available. There's a great photo from EMM's  bowsprit on the cover.  A Camera on the Banks: Frederick William Wallace and the Fishermen of Nova Scotia by M. Brook Taylor.  Check with your local bookstore.

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More Ernestina News


Commission Programming Committee member Barbara Burgo represented the ship at the Brockton Cape Verdean Festival last summer.  A video was published recently on YouTube.  You can see Barbara explaining Schooner Ernestina's mission between minutes 3-4:14 of the video  and see Tom Lopes' latest CVN Guide for more news.


Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 10 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.

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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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Search for New Ernestina Commissioner


The Schooner Ernestina Commission should have 9 commissioners.  The enabling legislation specifies qualifications for the appointments.  There will be an open seat soon and the appointee "shall be any person whose expertise would be an asset to the commission and the Schooner Ernestina or have particular expertise in the Cape Verdean history as it relates to said schooner, or history of said ship as the Effie M. Morrissey." 

It is up to the Commission to consider who to propose to the Governor's office through DCR.  Anyone who is interested in serving should submit a letter interest along with a resume and a statement of their involvement with and their interest in Ernestina and their qualifications to serve on the Commission to Jen Nersesian at the National Park Office  33 William St New Bedford, MA 02740.

The candidate needs to be someone who can attend Commission meetings as Massachusetts regulations require actual presence at the meeting to make a quorum.  Meetings are usually held monthly in New Bedford on a Friday afternoon.


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