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 the ship as well as tourists on walking tours and New Bedford residents just stopping by for a visit.  Even a rainy Sunday was fun, as we hosted, among others, Nicolau Dias who reminisced about sailing Ernestina in Cabo Verde.  It was evident he remembers how she handles under a good breeze and looks forward to sailing her again.  And last week volunteers were excited to provide a safety crew for a very special wedding party!

Leah explaining the fish hold to visitors on a rainy Sunday

Paul Alexio demonstrates the bowline knot

What happens when you pull a bowline really tight?

Kendra and Brandon Phillips and their son Brandon Jr. celebrating aboard Ernestina, once owned by Kendra's great-grandfather Henrique Mendes .