Re-Rig Project Has Begun
Leon Poindexter’s and his crew are preparing the masts and rigging and will raise the masts by June 1. Return here often to check on the progress.
Check out a video of the Spar Shop lathe in action.
This new foremast was purchased by SEMA and donated to the Ernestina Commission. This donation was matched 2:1 by funding from DCR’s Partnership Matching Program to pay for the contractors to fit out the masts, repair the rigging and raise the masts.
It’s mid-May and the it’s exciting to see the progress. Soon those masts will be scraping the sky again.
Landfall Sailing Club Welcomes “E”
Saturday night Julius Britto and Stephan Platzer traveled to Hingham, MA to present Ernestina’s story to the Landfall Sailing Club, a group of sailors from along the eastern and south coasts of Massachusetts who meet monthly in Weymouth, MA.
Julius explained Ernestina’s current situation and the efforts to get Ernestina sailing again. Stephan presented the story of the ship’s repatriation in 1982. He is the author of “Bringing E Home”, an account of his experience as a crew member for the trans-Atlantic voyage from Cape Verde. Ernestina, launched in Essex, MA as Effie M. Morrissey, was returned as a gift to the United States from the Republic of Cape Verde.
It was a great evening to celebrate Ernestina. Thanks to the Landfall Sailing Club for the opportunity.
Lend a Hand
is holding its Annual Volunteer Cleanup
& All American Cookout on Saturday, May 18.
Give Emily a call and let her know you’ll be there!
Spring 2013 Marketing Survey Completed
Members of the Ernestina Commission and SEMA met with students to receive the results of the latest survey. The Schooner Ernestina Commission and the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. commissioned the University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth Charlton College of Business Center for Marketing Research to conduct a second marketing survey this spring to follow up on the information acquired last fall by the first survey. This survey will be used in the planning for Ernestina’s future operations and programming.
We thank Dr. Nora Garmin Barnes, Director of the Center for Marketing Research, for offering this invaluable service to Ernestina’s future.
We congratulate the students, Amy Ingraham, Ashkan Taheri, Patrick Leonard, Joseph Veduccio, and Sanghyuk Nam for their excellent report. With an understanding of the demand and potential return on the various activities Ernestina might undertake, the Commission, SEMA, DCR and the Ernestina community can then use this information to build a suite of programming that will help ensure a sustainable and dynamic future for a restored, sailing Ernestina.
SEMA supported the Commission again by paying 50% of the Center’s fee.
Park Serve Day Brings Spring to Ernestina
DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert told the Ernestina volunteers that they were among 5,000 volunteers in parks across the state. During this statewide day of service, volunteers worked together to get parks and beaches across Massachusetts ready for summer by cleaning coastlines, clearing trails, planting flowers, painting picnic tables, and more.
Here’s how the day went aboard Ernestina.
Summer Employment Opportunity
Visit the official DCR job posting for details.
What’s Been Happening Under That Cover?
DCR carpenter Manny Silva and additional DCR winter staff David and Paul have accomplished a lot since the Commission visit in January.
Deed of Gift of Ernestina from the Republic of Cape Verde to the People of the US
The records of the Schooner Ernestina Commission have recently been preserved in the archives of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). DCR Archivist Sean Fisher shared with us a copy of the Deed of Gift which you can download and view.
In 1982, after 88 years of fishing and exploring as Effie M. Morrissey and packeting as Ernestina, the ship belonged to the Republic of Cape Verde.
The Cape Verdean government presented the ship, as a gift, to the People of the United
States. This would not have been accomplished without the efforts of many people around the world, especially the Friends of Ernestina/Morrissey, including many Cape Verdean-Americans, supporters from Cape Ann and members of the Bartlett Exploration Association. Because of her Essex/Gloucester origins the ship was entrusted to Massachusetts.
This is a very significant part of the amazing history of this Official Vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Laura Pires-Hester, Chair of the Schooner Ernestina Commission and Julius Britto, President of SEMA were pivotal in the efforts to repatriate the ship and are still working for the very best future for this wonderful gift.
Park Serve Day Postponed
Park Serve Day April 27
RESCHEDULED for Saturday April 27.
It’s time to get Schooner Ernestina ready for the summer season.
Let’s get that winter cover off!
Please sign up on DCR’s Park Serve Page.
Step #1: “Select a park” – scroll down and select Schooner Ernestina.
then complete steps #2 -#4 and click submit.
You should get a confirmation email.
Please RSVP to SEMA so we will know how much coffee and donuts to get and so we can let you know if you need to bring any special equipment.
Fun from last year:
See you at State Pier, New Bedford at 9 am Saturday, April 27! We’ll be done by 1:00 pm.