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Timely and up-to-date news about Schooner Ernestina and S.E.M.A.

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Fair Winds, MarDee Xifaras

“Margaret Dexter (Strahorn) Xifaras, a New Bedford lawyer, citizen activist and stalwart Democrat, died shortly after midnight on October 8, 2019 of metastatic breast cancer.” Margaret D. Xifaras’s life story should inspire everyone. We would like to share how she was … Continue reading

You Can Help Today!

An Act to preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey The bill S.2328, An Act to preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey has passed the Massachusetts Senate and is now in the House Committee on Ways and Means. You can follow the link to see … Continue reading

A Perfect Evening in Charlestown

On Thursday. September 12, 2019, the USS Constitution Museum held their Salute to Maritime Heritage. The weather threatened and the schedule was shuffled but the skies cleared for a wonderful celebration on the USS Constitution! After a convivial reception, remarks … Continue reading

An Important Step Toward Ernestina-Morrissey’s Future

We applaud the hard work of Senator Mark Montigny along with Senator Vitiato deMacedo, Senator Michael Rodrigues and Senator Marc Pacheco.  This vote in the Senate brings us closer to a SAILING Ernestina-Morrissey!  “The bill now heads to the House of … Continue reading

SEMA Selected for Don Turner Award

The Board of Trustees of the USS Constitution Museum has selected Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association to receive the 2019 Don Turner Award.  This award recognizes a person or team of people who have contributed significantly to efforts to preserve important vessels. We … Continue reading

Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days

We visited the Shipyard in June during Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days.  Bristol Marine held a reception on Monday to share the work they are doing. Ross Branch described the work and the shipwrights provided an above and below deck tour … Continue reading

42 Years Ago: Bajanga Remembered

We are nearing the 37th anniversary of Ernestina-Morrissey’s return to Massachusetts as a gift to the people of the United States from the Republic of Cabo Verde.  John Braman recently sent us this story about some of the efforts to make that return possible.  … Continue reading

Phase I Nearly Complete

We are lucky that we have supporters that send us photos so we can share the progress with you. Our last post was April 24.  We have some catching up to do: In mid-May Dave Thompson and John Fialkowski sent us … Continue reading

Adapting for New Work

Ernestina-Morrissey has always been working vessel. As she became “old tech” for one use she was adapted to serve another captain and function. Ernestina-Morrissey is a State and a National Historic Landmark and any rehabilitation and change must be supervised by … Continue reading

Almost Ready for Paint!

Thanks to Robert Mitchell and Bristol Marine we have more great photos to share.  As Spring arrives in Maine Ernestina-Morrissey is undergoing the final preparations before painting. The work is on schedule to finish Phase I by  June 30. Check … Continue reading

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