Ernestina Masts Going Up May 31

The coins are ready and the crane is scheduled for 9 am Friday May 31.

The coin placing was documented by SouthCoastToday in print and video.

The history of the coins that were already under the masts is interesting, just as amazing as Ernestina-Morrrissey’s history.

and the new coins that will be added this year include:

A 50 escudos Cape Verdean coin presented by Tiny Tavares to SEMA President Julius Britto.

NPS Ranger Emily Prigot with the new quarter.

Coins Taken from Ernestina’s Foremast – December 9, 2011

Coins Taken from Ernestina’s Mainmast – December 9, 2011

Coins to be added for 2013 mast stepping

  • 1945 Newfoundland 5 cent piece donated by SEMA director Catherine Dempsey representing  the Captain Bob Bartlett Arctic exploration years.
  • Cape Verdean 50 Escudos donated by Tiny Tavares
  • Cape Verdean 100 Escudos donated by Laura Pires-Hester
  • 2013 “America the Beautiful” series Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter recognizing Ernestina’s partnership with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, her special relationship with Canada and a special message to all of us from Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry  “Don’t Give Up the Ship”

Schooner Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey masts will be stepped 5/31/2013

  • new foremast donated to the Schooner Ernestina Commission by Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Partnership Matching Program provided the funds for outfitting the new foremast and for the repairs and maintenance to the main mast and the ship’s rigging.