Membership and Outreach Committee

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

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Meet Your ESF Committee

Ernestina Sailing Forward Committee Ernestina is Important Because: “Ernestina is a source of pride for everyone who knows her history. She has so much more to give in her next voyage. Sail forward with her…!” A message from Julius Britto: … Continue reading

Ernestina-Morrissey – One Ship, Many Lives

When vessels make long voyages, their crew is divided into watches to share the work of a 24-hour day. Since Ernestina-Morrissey’s voyaging began in 1894 a diverse crew of people have “taken the watch” Now Ernestina-Morrissey has a diverse crew … Continue reading

Meet Tiffany Krihwan, Ernestina-Morrissey’s New Captain!

Massachusetts Maritime Academy announced this morning: MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY HIRES NEW CAPTAIN Tiffany Krihwan at the helm of the Ernestina-Morrissey BUZZARDS BAY, MA – February 22, 2021 – The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is pleased to announce Tiffany Krihwan as … Continue reading

Ernestina Loses a Friend in Fred Kalisz, Former New Bedford Mayor

Gregg Swanzey shared the contributions of Fred Kalisz to Schooner Ernestina during his mayoralty: Our sincere condolences go out to Pat and Ricky Kalisz who were right alongside Fred in his tenure as Mayor of the City of New Bedford in … Continue reading

“one of Ernestina’s very best “Friends”

Photographers Ron Barboza and Peter Pereiera joined a group of SEMA directors and former Commissioners soon after Governor Baker signed AN ACT TO PRESERVE THE SCHOONER ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY. The group gathered last summer to recognize Tom Lopes’ role in establishing the … Continue reading

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Advisory Board Appointed.

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Advisory Board has been appointed and was sworn in on November 13, 2020 by Joe Maynard of the Governor’s Office via Zoom. From AN ACT TO PRESERVE THE SCHOONER ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY: “to advise the academy on matters that relate … Continue reading

2019 Annual Report

The cover of the 2019 Annual Report shows what we are working for, a sailing Ernestina-Morrissey in 2021. For 2019 Annual Report click HERE and scroll down * Through our new partnership with MMA, SEMA continues our mission and we … Continue reading

Governor Baker signs An Act to preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey

On July 8th Governor Baker signed a bill creating a new chapter in the 1894 Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey’s life and story. It transfers her stewardship from the State Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

An Open Moment

As we approach the celebration of our Nation’s beginnings 244 years ago, we must consider where we are now. The statement below shared by Laura Pires-Hester, past Chairwoman of the Ernestina Commission and Julius Britto, President of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association … Continue reading

All Hands On Deck: A Call to Action

Massachusetts Residents! All Hands on Deck, A Call To Action! Contact (call, write a letter, email) your state representative TODAY to support this bill which enables Ernestina-Morrissey to sail again! An Act to Preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey ( Bill S.2328) This … Continue reading

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