Progress in 2011

Everyone can be proud as we look back at the accomplishments of the Ernestina partners during 2011.  DCR  addressed immediate Coast Guard requirements and commissioned a full report and estimate of additional work that will be required.  DCR also provided a seasonal interpreter at the Visitor’s Center during the summer.

The Commission welcomed three new members and assured safekeeping of the ship’s historic materials with the official transfer of the Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey Archives to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth’s  Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections.  The Commission is working on Memorandums of Understanding with SEMA and with DCR, and the Commission Programming committee conducted outreach at various festivals.

SEMA has continued reaching out to tell Ernestina’s story through the website and Updates.  2011 saw ongoing fundraising by SEMA and support of the Programming committee’s activities by providing volunteers and logistic and material support.

The Forum held in October 2010 helped point the way for 2011.  We look forward to 2012 showing even more progress toward preparing Ernestina to serve the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as she should!