March 2012

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association


March 31, 2012




Why are we working so hard to get Ernestina sailing again?  Of course there's the incomparable experience of sailing a ship like Ernestina and the opportunity for incredible learning experiences.  

These are important but the most important reason is that Ernestina, a wooden ship, has to sail to survive.  This was best described by the closing comments of shipwright Leon Poindexter's recent report.  Please take the time to read these comments and then contact us and let us know how you can help Ernestina.


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne


Volunteer Work Day



On April 21 volunteers will gather at State Pier to begin some Spring maintenance projects.

Join us to start getting Ernestina ready for visitors.   SEMA will be partnering with DCR's Park Serve program to have the first work day on Ernestina for 2012.  Follow the link, click "sign up" on the Park Serve page and scroll down the "select a park" list to "Schooner Ernestina" to put your name on the list of volunteers for the day. 

Last year's Park Serve Day was very successful.  Sign up today!



Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 27 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.

 AGENDA  or  
Issue 51

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