SEMA Committees

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Motion Meets the Ocean

Schooner Ernestina has been recognized by The Zeiterion as a “Water Steward of the SouthCoast”  Support this great community institution and thank them for their support of Ernestina.  Come to the performance on Saturday, tickets at the box office or … Continue reading

All Sewn Up at 120!

Despite less than welcoming weather, friends of Ernestina stopped by to celebrate her 120th birthday. 6:30 pm There will be a demonstration of how you can get “All Sewn Up” on Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. Sewing skills and ropework are essential to … Continue reading

Bringing the Ernestina-Morrissey Story to the Pioneer Valley

Thank You Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary for the great reception and audience for the Ernestina-Morrissey story.  Norcross sailed with Bartlett in 1931-1932-1933.  The audience really enjoyed seeing him in some of the Pathe Newsreels. Some footage of the 1932 voyage is … Continue reading


In 2014 we celebrate Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey’s 120th year.  The first event of that celebration was a lecture organized by Judy Farrar of the the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections at the University of Massachusetts at … Continue reading

120 Years of Maritime History

This year we will be celebrating Ernestina-Morrissey’s 12oth anniversary.  The Schooner Ernestina Commission is planning several events to commemorate this significant year. 120 years ago, on Feb. 1, 1894, a scene similar to this one would have occurred as Effie … Continue reading

Norcross Winter Lecture

On Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm Schooner Ernestina Commissioner, and former Mate, Fred Sterner and  Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association Secretary Mary Anne McQuillan and will share the amazing history of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey with Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary’s members and guests. Why will they … Continue reading

Join the Chorus!

The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus has started rehearsals for the 2014 season just around the corner! We are always looking for new members. We are already getting concert requests for the summer. If you’d like to give it … Continue reading

President Britto’s Appeal

December 5, 2013 Greetings, “I sailed on Ernestina on a field trip. I’d never been on the ocean before, and it changed my life. Will she sail again?”That’s the kind of declaration we hear all the time.   (In fact, take … Continue reading

New T-shirts Recognize Ernestina/Morrissey’s Refits

New shirts are available!  The shirts feature the “classic” front.   On the back is a line drawing of Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey‘s hull, rig and sail plan produced by the HAER Maritime Recording Program of the National Park … Continue reading

10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival

The 10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival drew large crowds with two days of beautiful weather to enjoy the music and food and the New Bedford waterfront. Nearly 2,000 visitors came aboard Ernestina for a tour.  We had a wonderful turnout … Continue reading

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