Membership and Outreach Committee

Purpose: to develop and maintain SEMA membership and support for Ernestina, by maintaining www.ernestina.org, publishing Updates (newsletter) and conducting other outreach, including public relations and marketing activities.

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Cabo Verde — 40 Years after Independence

Where were you on July 5th, 1975? Julius Britto was in Praia, Cape Verde.  Julius will take you to there to re-live the excitement of the first Independence Celebration of Cape Verde.  You will be fascinated as he recounts his life-changing experiences … Continue reading

A New History of Ernestina-Morrissey

On Saturday, June 13, Chester Brigham introduced his new book to an enthusiastic audience at Cape Ann Museum.  Phoenix of the Seas :Ernestina-Morrissey State Ship of Massachusetts” is available at the gift shop at the Museum and at the New … Continue reading

Here’s Where Ernestina-Morrissey Has Been

On a lovely summer evening the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus took the audience at the Seamen’s Bethel for a voyage by song, visiting the far reaches of the world’s oceans.  AHA!’s Latitude and Longitude theme was a celebration … Continue reading

Book launch at Cape Ann Museum

Phoenix of the Seas, by Chester Brigham The three-ocean, three-centuries saga of the Gloucester schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, State Ship of Massachusetts Please join us at the Cape Ann Museum, Saturday June 13 at 3:00 with a presentation by the author The … Continue reading

Where in the World has Ernestina-Morrissey been?

The Seamen’s Bethel and the Schooner Ernestina Commission present Latitudes and Longitudes of Ernestina-Morrissey.  Plotting then Singing! June 11  AHA!  Seamen’s Bethel, New Bedford, MA 6 PM –For kids and kids at heart:  Where in the World has Ernestina-Morrissey been? Where is she … Continue reading

Just 7% Left to Raise for Ernestina-Morrissey Restoration Project!

We will see Ernestina-Morrissey sail again. I say that today not as a hope or a wish, but as a certainty.  Thanks to your generous support, her next voyage will be as a fully restored ship, sailing from Boothbay to Buzzards … Continue reading

The Ship of So Many Memories

Recently, Ernestina-Morrissey was visited by the family of Dr. Lamar Soutter who served on the crew of the 1935 voyage.  Dr. Soutter later went on to become founding dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School He also pioneered revolutionary filtration and … Continue reading

Open Ship Enjoyed by All

DCR’s Seasonal Interpreter Leah Burns and Supervisor Paul Alexio hosted several Open Ships this summer along with SEMA volunteers.  Childrens’ programs like “Something Fishy” a joint program of the New Bedford Whaling National Park and the Working Waterfront Festival visited … Continue reading

C.W. Morgan Visit Showcase for Ernestina Too

The New Bedford Homecoming of the Charles W. Morgan was the event of the summer for the city and for Ernestina Morrissey.  With the help of many wonderful volunteers, DCR staff and the Schooner Ernestina Commission hosted over 1600 people … Continue reading

AHA! Thursday, August 14

The pergola at the 54th Regiment Plaza was festive as Ernestina was represented by the Schooner Ernestina Commission, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and SEMA volunteers. Leah, DCR’s Summer Interpreter, took time from her assignment at Horseneck Beach and … Continue reading

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