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Patrick Administration Announces Funding for Rehabilitation of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey

NEW BEDFORD—December 18, 2014— The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced funding to restore the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts official sailing vessel. The SchoonerErnestina-Morrissey is currently berthed in New Bedford at the State Pier. The … 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

Commissioner Pastore Honored

Schooner Ernestina Commissioner Karl Pastore represents DCR on the Commission.  Recently he was awarded “DCR Friend of the Year” award. SEMA, a member of The Massachusetts  Forest and Park Friends Network, nominated Karl.    Our nomination best describes why we … Continue reading

SCHOONER ERNESTINA COMMISSION HAILS ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY’S NEXT STEP

SCHOONER ERNESTINA COMMISSION Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation Commonwealth of Massachusetts Saturday, November 22, 2014 From: Laura Pires-Hester, Chairperson The Schooner Ernestina Commission is pleased that the Restoration Contract between the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the … 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

Welcome Commissioner Do Canto

Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Licy Do Canto to the Schooner Ernestina Commission. Mr. Do Canto has a personal connection to the ship. His paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother traveled to the US on the Ernestina, and he is “… … Continue reading

The Ship Needs a New Nameplate!

Gloucester Schooner Festival

Labor Day Weekend brings the Gloucester Schooner Festival, a celebration of the schooner heritage.  Of course Effie M. Morrissey, now Ernestina-Morrissey is one of the 6 remaining Essex schooners and the only Grand Banker left.  There are always visitors to … Continue reading

Always Work to Do on a Ship

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

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