May 2011

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association

May 26, 2011




This week's events:

Open Ship: Saturday May 28, 1:00-4:00 pm

Visit our booth at Hello Cabo Verde Expo on State Pier this weekend.  DETAILS

Haul-out scheduled for June 2 or 3.

Commission meeting June 3


Fair Winds,

Mary Anne


Hello Cabo Verde Expo

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The Programming Committee of the Schooner Ernestina Commission needs volunteers to tell Ernestina's story during the Hello Cabo Verde Expo.  Ernestina will be featured in a booth at the 3-day event at New Bedford State Pier Ferry Terminal and during a scheduled "Open Ship". The Expo is scheduled for Friday May 27 through Sunday May 29.  Please contact Barbara Monteiro Burgo to volunteer.



 NMHS Annual Meeting

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National Maritime Historical Society held its 48th Annual Meeting at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Saturday.  SEMA Director Polly Zajac gave the participants an Ernestina update.  NMHS was an early supporter of the ship in the 1970's during efforts to return her to the US and have been continuous supporters, including articles in their SEA HISTORY magazine.  Check their website HERE. 

Sailors' Series Featured

Cape Verdean Packets


The program Tuesday night at the New Bedford Whaling Museum was attended by a diverse and interested audience who enjoyed presentations by Michael Platzer, Laura Pires Hester, Stephan Platzer, and Norman Lopes.  Michael credited anthropologist Traudi Coli, longtime Ernestina crew member, with collecting much of the data documenting the packet trade.  A short trailer of Rick Lopes video was well received.  We look forward to seeing the full length documentary.  Thank you to the Whaling Museum for sponsoring this event and Beckman's for sponsoring the series.


This Place Matters!

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Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association has been chosen as one of 100 community finalists for the THIS PLACE MATTERS.  Community Challenge.  Voting starts June 1 and the top vote-getter will get $25,000!  We'll have details in the next Update.  If you can help us with our media campaign please use the CONTACT US link.

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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:


Mary Anne McQuillan

Vice President:

Julius Britto


Robert Hildreth


John Buddy Andrade

Captain Willi BankM

Christopher Davis,  esq

Marc Pires

Polly Zajac


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Landmark Photo Contest



Do you have a GREAT photo of Ernestina?  Enter it in the National Historic Landmarks 2011 Photo Contest.  The contest name, "Imaging Our National Heritage" encourages people to use their cameras to capture the meaning of the National Historic Landmark in a photo. DETAILS HERE   Deadline July 31.


Ernestina was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. 



Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

The next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting has been scheduled for Friday, June 3 at 1:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors' Center. 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.

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