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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The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park sponsored a Park-wide clean-up recently.  SEMA volunteers took that opportunity to organize Ernestina’s interpretive materials in preparation for the Charles W. Morgan New Bedford Homecoming.  If you would like to help please CONTACT … Continue reading

Ernestina”s Role in Cape Verdean Culture

The New Bedford Historical Society sponsored an exploration of Cape Verdean culture at the National Park recently.  SEMA President Julius Britto and Director Derek Stevens participated.  Derek is Henrique Mendes’ great-grandson.  Julius spoke passionately about the importance od the great … Continue reading

Motion Meets the Ocean

Schooner Ernestina has been recognized by The Zeiterion as a “Water Steward of the SouthCoast”   The “Z” invited SEMA and other area water stewards to share our activities with their audience at the performance of “Scattered” by Motionhouse. Support … 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

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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