SCHOONER ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY, was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard for the Gloucester fishing fleet. Under Captain Bob Bartlett she sailed to within 600 miles of the North Pole, and later brought immigrants to the U.S. under the power of sail. Returned to the US in 1982 as a gift from the newly independent Cape Verdean people, she sailed as an educator until 2005.

Samples from Ernestina-Morrissey’s Waters!

Samples have come in from across Ernestina-Morrissey‘s history! From Essex, MA to Digby, NS, from Newfoundland to British Columbia and Greenland, from Mindelo, Cape Verde and of course from #HomeportNewBedford!  The most recent are posted at the top as you scroll down. ~~~ If you want to help with collecting the Ernestina-Morrissey Waters Project check the post HERE:

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Onset & Menemsha

Julius Britto and Fred Littleton

1940 Frederick C. N. Littleton "Bartlett Boy" at the wheel of the Schooner Effie M. Morrissey.

met while working on the repatriation of Ernestina in the late 1970′s and after 1982 with the Massachusetts Schooner Ernestina Commission.  It was wonderful to receive two samples from these Massachusetts waters.  Julius collected from the beach at Onset Pier to recognize the hard work of the Wareham chapter of the Friends of Ernestina and Shelley Edmundson from Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust collected from Menemsha Harbor in honor of  Fred Littleton.

After her arrival in New Bedford in 1982 Ernestina stopped at Onset Town Pier enroute to Gloucester to be moored for the winter and have a new motor iinstalled.

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Fred Littleton at teh helm

Fred Littleton at the helm for the 1998 Bartlett Boys Reunion sail. Fred also served on EMHA and the Commission and volunteered for educational programming.

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Gloucester, MA

We received two samples from Ernestina-Morrissey‘s earliest life and her first captains! Descendants of William and Clayton Morrissey collected water just north of the Eastern Point Breakwater.  Clayt, who was with us on last fall’s sail on Adventure, sent the dedication below:

Clayton Morrissey and Ann Morrissey Andrew

“The fishing schooner Ernestina (Effie) Morrissey launched in late January of 1894. On March 14th of 1894, she began her maiden fishing trip from her home port of Gloucester, MA, onward to the plentiful fishing grounds of the Atlantic Ocean’s Grand Banks. Crowds of Gloucesterites sent off the Morrissey along the shores and waterfronts, shouting or cheering well wishes and fair sailing, as well as a good catch and a safe return to Gloucester. The last sights that the crowds might have seen of the Morrissey would have been her proud full sails rounding the outer point of Eastern Point Breakwater, which helps protect Gloucester’s inner harbor from the ocean’s rage and waves. It is from this breakwater that my darling of a daughter, Ann, and my big, strong Grandson, Will, have collected salt water from the Atlantic Ocean on behalf of the Ernestina-Morrissey, a must-be-considered Queen of the Oceans. By the way, the Morrissey’s maiden fishing trip took four months and brought home a record catch of cod, halibut, and small species of fish. The crew and captain, William Morrissey, [and his first mate and son, 18 year old Clayton] must have been some happy to catch sight of that breakwater, knowing they were finally nearing Gloucester’s harbor after four months of fishing the Grand Banks”

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Allan Bezanson and Larry Dahlmer sent water from Smith’s Cove, Gloucester, MA.  “During the Nov. 1898 ‘Portland Breeze’ Effie Morrissey broke loose from Wonson’s and  went ashore in Smith’s Cove, Gloucester.  She had broken adrift from John F Wonson’s Wharf together with four other schooners.  The Morrissey was floated later, with little damage.”

John F. Wonson Wharf, 1904 (four years after “the Blow”) Wonson’s is in the right foreground, with Rocky Neck forming the far shore of Smith’s Cove and the Gloucester skyline in the background. Photo Credit: Martha Harvey.

Larry Dahlmer with water sample. J.F. Wonson Wharf remnants in the background (red and white sheds), are visible directly behind Larry’s head.

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The last charters Bartlett had with the Morrissey were to the US Army for missions to the far North Atlantic. During World War II (1942-1945) the Morrissey did hydrographic work and carried supplies to Arctic naval and air bases for the Army Air Corps and the Navy under joint command of Captain Bartlett and Commander Alexander Forbes, USN.  Rognvaldur Guomundsson sent us water from Reykjavik Harbour in Iceland!

Rognvaldur Guomundsson at Reykjavik Harbour, Iceland.

photos by Henry M. Barr, on board photographer 1943-1946

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Alaska ~ Vancouver, BC ~ Seattle, WA

Ernestina-Morrissey‘s 1928 voyage to the Pacific has the MOST water samples so far for any year of her amazing history!  Working south from the Bering Strait (posted below) Tami Kellogg sent water from waters of the Gulf of Alaska which Bartlett’s “Little Morrissey” crossed, enroute to the Aleutian Islands.

Tami Kellogg on the shore of Resurrection Bay.

Eric and Sally Kaufmann sent water from Vancouver, BC which is on the Inland Passage  from Victoria to Prince Rupert where Bartlett picked up the members of the Stoll McCracken Siberian Arctic Expedition, provisions and equipment.

Eric Kaufmann with water collected at Montrose Park,  Vancouver, BC

Then they went a little south to Magnolia Park in Seattle, WA. where the crew stopped for repairs.

Eric Kaufmann at Magnolia Park, Seattle, WA. taken by Ruth

In 1928 the Morrissey had a rough voyage from the Panama Canal (scroll down to find post of that water sample) and needed repairs when she arrived in Seattle.  You can read about it in Sails Over Ice” The shipyard on Harbor Island, Seattle where the repairs were done is now operated by  Vigor Industries. Erin Johnson along with Tami Kellogg, Brian O’Reilly and Christopher Roberts, collected water there.

Erin Johnson arranged the collection at Vigor, the shipyard   (as Todd Pacific Shipyards), that Bartlett used.

Erin Johnson assisted by Tami Kellogg, Brian O’Reilly and Christopher Roberts,

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Bering Strait ~ Chuckshi Sea

Mike Dempsey from the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia sent us water from the 2009 research cruise of the icebreaker CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier.  The water we received included a sample from Science station BCL-7 in the Chuckshi Sea and science station BRS-5 in the Bering Strait.   In 1928 Captain Bartlett chartered the Morrissey to the Stoll/McCraken expedition and traveled from New York, through the Panama Canal as far north and east as Wrangell Island. (70.98° N, 179.94 W)  Scroll down to 1928  HERE.

icebreaker CCGS Wilfrid Laurier

Retrieving samples

Mike Dempsey

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Mystic, CT

Ernestina returned to New Bedford from Florida in April, 1992 (see Dodge Island post below) “but without a foundation of administrative and operational funding, program fees received during the 1992 sailing season were not enough to keep the office doors open after the fall. This time the schooner was moved to Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut for the winter of 1992/1993 and secured. “  Mary Meehan, a longtime Ernestina volunteer who visited Mystic Seaport aboard Ernestina and Captain Nicholas Alley gathered Mystic River water from the from the deck of Schooner Amistad.  Mystic Seaport Museum is home to many historic vessels, some permanently, some for occasional visits. It is the berth of L.A.Dunton, Ernestina-Morrissey‘s Essex sister.

Mary Meehan and Captain Nicholas Alley aboard Amistad with their water sample.

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Dodge Island, Miami, FL

Early in 1992 after a trip disrupted by “The Perfect Storm” Ernestina was brought to  Dodge Island, Miami, Florida until plans could be made to return to New Bedford. We have received water from the southeastern coast of Florida from Stephen McAfee who learned a lot sailing on Ernestina when he  was younger.

1997 Constitution Sail.

Dodge Island, Miami, Florida

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Merrimack River

Captain Amanda Madeira and Graham McKay collected water from the Merrimack River at Lowell’s Boat Shop.  Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is known for supplying fishing dories to the Gloucester fleet.

Amanda Madeira and Graham McKay with solid water from the Merrimack River.
Amanda Madeira and Graham McKay with solid water from the Merrimack River.

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Essex, MA

K.D. Dench, Executive Director of ESSEX HISTORICAL SOCIETY & SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM  & Amanda Madeira, one of Ernestina‘s captains, collected water from near Ernestina-Morrissey‘s birthplace!  Essex Shipbuilding Museum is at the site of several shipyards building schooners including James and Tarr where Effie M. Morrissey was built.

KD and Amanda at the shore of the Essex River.

Fred Littleton, 1940 Bartlett Boy, built a scale model of the ship which he sailed in Vineyard Sound (scroll down to Fred sailing in company with Ernestina in 1990.)  The model was donated to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.  Here it is with KD.

KD with the “Little Effie” built by Fred Littleton, Bartlett Boy.

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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Ernestina-Morrissey’s partners, the rangers of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

Ranger Rufai Shardow collected water from Ernestina-Morrissey‘s berth at New Bedford State Pier next to Coast Guard Park.  The red lightship will be moved out this summer so the berth on the floating dock will be restored when she returns.  Ernestina-Morrissey has been a part of the park since its inclusion in the park’s legislation in 1996. Park staff look forward to co-hosting educational programs when she is back in New Bedford.

NBWNHP has supported Ernestina-Morrissey since the park was formed in 1996.  Here an interpretive panel about the ship at Coast Guard Park. near her berth.

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Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound

Tally collecting from Vineyard Sound, near Naushon Island.

Tally Garfield collected water from Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. These are the home waters of Alex Forbes (Navy Commander of “The Morrissey’s WWII mission to to support the vital joint American-Canadian effort in a “Quest for a Northern Air Route” for military planes).  Ernestina anchored in outer Hadley Harbor once, and frequently at the Weepeckets and Tarpaulin Cove in the 1990’s up to 2004 when operating out of New Bedford as a sail training and environmental vessel.  Also, the home waters of Sophie Morse who served as Ernestina crew & captain in the years between 1994 and 2003.

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Clarks Cove, New Bedford, MA

The Community Boating Center has been serving the youth of #HomeportNewBedford since 1998 and partnered with the Commission when Schooner Ernestina was sailing.  We received a sample of water from Clarks Cove, the waters where their trainees develop their skills.

CBC trainees sailing in Clarks Cove.
Sailing on Clarks Cove with New Bedford’s Hurricane Barrier and mills in the background.

The Community Boating Center brought their sailing students for sails, including multiday voyages until 2004. Here they line up on the mainsail throat halyard to raise the main.

2002 ~ The crew of CBC trainees gathered on the aft cabin after a successful overnight voyage with an anchorage inside Penikese, Cuttyhunk and Nashawena Islands in the Elizabeth Island Chain.

Here’s a LINK to that voyage.

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St. John’s, NL

The Grand Banks where Effie M. Morrissey fished are off the coast of Newfoundland. The vessel often went into Newfoundland ports for provisions.  St John’s is the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador and its harbour is historically the center of much of Maritime history. Bartlett would go into St Johns at various times on his voyages to the Arctic starting in 1926. Newfoundlander Catherine Dempsey, a SEMA director, and her husband Jim collected water in St John’s harbor.  They reported “The weather today was windy. 55km/h and the temperature was -4° C  We felt a small Screech rum bottle was a suitable collection bottle.  It has been a pleasure to be involved in collecting water for this project.”

‫ Jim Dempsey collecting water in St John’s NL

St John’s Harbor, NL with Signal Hill in the background a the entrance to the harbor.

‫ Jim Dempsey chose an appropriate container for his sample of Newfoundland water.

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Digby, NS

Greg Turner and his daughter Angela collected samples in Digby, Nova Scotia. As he explains below, he is also Bob Bartlett’s  grandnephew.

Angela and Greg Turner at Digby, NS

Greg Turner at Digby Harbor, NS

back of Greg Turner’s form with the Digby history of the Morrissey. As Ernestina she visited in 1990.

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Provincetown, MA

Annie McDowell recently sent a sample from Provincetown.  She served on the administrative staff in the office and when Ernestina was sailing, as occasional deckhand.

Provincetown, MA was another sister harbor to Gloucester when the Morrissey was cod fishing. Provincetown was also a safe harbor to anchor Ernestina overnight, listen to music & use dories to go ashore for Educational school programs from 1994-2004.

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New Bedford, MA

The Stevens family collect New Bedford Harbor water, (l-r) Derek, his son Dominic, daughter Arianna and son Derek Stevens Jr. watching. All descendants of Captain Henrique Mendes.

#HomeportNB ! Derek Stevens, a descendant of Captain Henrique Mendes, collected

August 29, 1982, the celebration of the transfer of Ernestina to Massachusetts.

water from a floating dock adjacent to Tonnesson Park/New Bedford State Pier. Ernestina’s berth in Homeport New Bedford for many years and where she

2003 downrig at the Tonnesson Park berth

moored when she arrived in 1982. This was the location of the transfer of the gift from Cape Verde to Massachusetts, it was a day of great celebration, August 29, 1982. scroll down HERE. for more information.  Ernestina was berthed in this location often during her Education years until she moved to the south side of State Pier in 2004.




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Brigus, NL

Graham Wakeman by the Bartlett Monument.


Another sample from Brigus, Newfoundland, this one from adjacent to the Bartlett Memorial.    Brigus is the hometown of Captain Robert Abram Bartlett. Graham Wakeman collected the sample from the beach that overlooks the town. You can download the video HERE. Ruth took the photos.


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Mindelo, Sao Vincente, Cabo Verde

Mindelo, Sao Vincente, Cabo Verde Laginha Beach

The Institute for Cape Verdean Studies at Bridgewater University and Biosfera Cabo Verde provided a sample from Laginha Beach in Mindelo, Sao Vincente, Cabo Verde. “The City of Mindelo was the last port of repair before the Government of Cape Verde presented the ship, as a symbolic gift, to the People of the United States in 1982.”  They sent a video of the water collection. you can download.

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Panama Canal

Panama Canal, Bartlett transited the Canal for the 1928 voyage to the Bering Straits

In 1928 Captain Bartlett took the Morrissey through the Panama Canal and north through the Pacific for the McCraken/Stoll expedition.  Thank you, Tami Kellogg for making the connections and Tom Cumings for collecting the water! It is great to have the 1928 voyage represented!

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Brigus, NL

1927 The Morrissey leaving Brigus Harbor for the Arctic with the ice barrel in place for ice navigation.

Margaret Angel, Captain Bartlett’s grand-niece, is sending water from Brigus Harbor. “Brigus is the home of Capt. Bob Bartlett.  The Morrissey always stopped there on the way north ” Her father, Jack Angel, sailed with him on 4 voyages in the 1930′s.”  There is a photo of him in the 1931 website archives. .

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Qaqortoq, Greenland

On January 28, 2022 a group of students from the Campus Kujalleq, KVU-Tourism Department, a Danish post-graduate education program in Qaqortoq, Greenland collected water for our project!  Ernestina-Morrissey sailed to Greenland many times under Captain Bartlett, in 1932 to raise a monument to Commander Peary at Cape York and during the vessel’s service in World War II.

issey ~~~

Latitude and Longitude 60 gr. 43´3” N 46 gr.2´20” V Harbour of Qaqortoq Greenland

Campus Kujalleq Service managements students Joey, Georg, Anna, Nuka, Taatsiannguaq, Kunuk, Sarah

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Fisgard Light, Esquimalt Harbour, BC

In early February John Harper collected water at   48° 25.851’N; 123° 26.855’W at Fisgard Light, Esquimalt Harbour, British Columbia, Canada.  Bartlett stopped here in 1928 on the Stoll McCracken Siberian Arctic Expedition to the Aleutian Islands, Bering Strait, and Arctic under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History.

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Fairhaven Shipyard, Fairhaven, MA

#BlackHistoryMonth ~~~ In 1948 Captain Henrique Mendes brought the then Effie M. Morrissey to New Bedford Harbor for repairs before bringing her to Cape Verde.  The boat was hauled at the Casey Shipyard in Fairhaven for some of the work.   The site now is part of Fairhaven Shipyard and is still a working shipyard.

Site of former Casey Shipyard, now Fairhaven Shipyard, Fairhaven, MA

Mary Anne McQuillan collected water at the Casey Shipyard site. This sample represents the time in Ernestina-Morrissey’s life when Captain Henrique Mendes was preparing the boat for a voyage to Cape Verde to begin life as the packet Ernestina.

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Fred Sterner collected a sample to represent the time in 2002 when he and the crew repaired Ernestina after flooding in Block Island Sound.  At that time the site was a DN Kelley and Sons facility.  Scroll down here for more information

Ernestina in 2002 being launched from the railway after repairs at the same site that she was repaired at in 1948!

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Rondout Creek,  Kingston, NY

Gregg Swanzey, Executive Director for the Ernestina Commission from 1994-2006, collected water from Rondout Creek at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, NY, just before the water flows into the Hudson River.  The museum was the site of the first Ships to Save the Waters Conference in 1999. Ernestina was one of one of the presenting ships.  The 2021 conference was held in New Bedford.

Rondout Creek water from the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY collected by Gregg Swanzey

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If you want to help with collecting the Ernestina-Morrissey Waters Project check the post HERE:


The Worldwide Waters of Ernestina-Morrissey

~~~ YOU can be part of the Celebrations ~~~

~~~when Ernestina-Morrissey Sails Again!~~~

Will you help us?

Since 1894, Ernestina-Morrissey has sailed oceans and seas, far and wide, and visited many ports.  It has been suggested that every effort be made to collect water from those oceans and seas, bays and ports and co-mingle all of those waters to represent the diversity of all of her history. The combined waters would be used to re-dedicate Ernestina-Morrissey when she is launched this summer.

Please download this collection form (PDF) if you can help us with this project.  Email if you would prefer a fillable WORD doc.

Where can the water come from?

You can see brief descriptions of all of her voyages on THIS TIMELINE.  Just click on the years to see where she has been!

Most of you know she spent her early life on the Grand Banks and in fishing waters along the New England and the Canadian Maritimes coasts.   Then Bartlett

1940-Furthest North, Baffin Island

brought her to the far north, with landfalls in Iceland, Greenland, Labrador, Baffin Island, Fury and Hecla Straight. Many do not know that in 1928 “The Morrissey” went via the Panama Canal, to Seattle, the Aleutian Islands and through the Bering Straits.

As Ernestina,

ERNESTINA already alongside all the way up the quais. MARIA SONY heading into Brava

her Cape Verdean packet years brought her to Southern New England ports, the Islands of Cape Verde and Dakar, Senegal.

Since her return to Massachusetts in 1982 she has been south to the Caribbean, north to Newfoundland and west to the Great Lakes. Where will she go next when she sails again in 2022?

Please contact us at if you can help SEMA gather the waters of Ernestina-Morrissey. We will all have something to celebrate when she returns to the water again this summer!  Help us celebrate her long life as she begins to write a new chapter of her story!

If you can send water representing any of Ernestina-Morrissey‘s amazing voyages to any of the Earth’s oceans please download this collection form and collect some water. Join with others in Ernestina-Morrissey‘s widespread family and make this a great way for everyone to participate in her successful return to sailing the Waters of the World .

If you have any questions please contact us at

You may have thought of one, or two water samples you could get. Just a few that come to mind are:

In Massachusetts: Essex. Gloucester,  Salem, Marblehead, New Bedford, Boston, Vineyard Haven, Nantucket and …

In New England: Newport, RI, Bridgeport CT, Portland, ME…

In New York: Fulton Street Market, Staten Island, City Island, and Brooklyn, NYC, Beacon, Hudson and…

In the rest of the US: Seattle, WA, Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Bering Straits, Traverse City, MI, Milwaukee, WI, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dodge Island, Miami, FL,  and ….

In the Caribbean: in 1945: Bermuda, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1991: San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, USVI, Falmouth Harbor, Antigua, and ….

In the Chukchi Sea: Wrangell Island, and …

In Cape Verde and Africa, Mindelo, Fogo, Brava, and Dakar, Senegal and …

In Canada: Digby, Sidney and Yarmouth, NS, Brigus and St. John’s, NL, The Grand Banks, Victoria, BC, Baffin Island, Hudson Strait, Fury and Hecla Straits, Labrador, Toronto, Montreal & Quebec City, Halifax, Lunenburg, NS, Victoria, BC, Prince Rupert, BC  and …

Others: Panama Canal, Cape York & Ikateq, Greenland, Reykjavík, Iceland and….

Perhaps you can send water not yet on this list!

Download this collection form.

Thank you for your help!

Chief Engineer and Chief Mate Positions Posted

Ernestina, Gloucester Schooner Race, photo credit Fred LeBlanc

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is an AA/EEO/Veteran/Disabled employer. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.  The Academy asks that all applicants follow the directions on the job postings to apply.  Any applicants directly contacting screening committees may be disqualified from the search.

Application Forms HERE

The Ernestina-Morrissey fulltime positions have been posted and can be found at MMA’s website here:

Chief Engineer/Motor Equipment Operator IV – Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey

Assistant Director/Chief Mate-Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey

The deadline for applications is January 22, 2022.

Information about seasonal crew positions can be found HERE.

Captain Krihwan Interviewed By Erin Short


One of the Covid-era efforts of Tall Ships America has been a series of interviews released as a podcast “A Barque, a Brig and a Schooner Walk into a Bar”.


The Season Two finale was an interview with Ernestina-Morrissey’s captain Tiffany Krihwan,


You can listen HERE.



(And if you check out the series you may find some familiar names! )

Ernestina-Morrissey Crew: Now Hiring!

Captain Krihwan has posted the seasonal positions for Ernestina Morrissey on Tall Ships America’s website.  If you are interested the links below provide the details.

Please get the word out.


Second Mate


AB (Able Seafarer) ~ two positions

Deckhand ~ (three positions)


Another Chance!

What a fabulous response for the 10 bags we offered on Wednesday! They were all spoken for in an hour!

But we want to give EVERYONE a chance to get one of the bags so we have decided to make a special offer.

On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, (Ernestina-Morrissey’s 128th “birthday”), a random drawing of names will be held. ANYONE who makes ANY SIZE DONATION during the month of December 2021 will have their name placed on the list. Each name will only be listed once.  One person randomly chosen from the list will receive a bag!  Don’t miss this opportunity to have one of these fantastic bags!

Please respond to the Annual Appeal. All donations will be applied to the Sails Fund.


AND there is an additional incentive:

a Dollar for Dollar MATCH!

A long-time benefactor was first introduced to all the history of Ernestina-Morrissey and her potential as an educator when he chaperoned his daughter’s school trip in the 1990’s. He has supported the work since then. He has issued a challenge to fully fund the foresail.  He will match any donation up to a total of $10,000. If everyone helps SEMA meet this challenge, we can add $20,000 to the Sails Fund!

Send your donation today!

You can give ONLINE HERE ~~ (PayPal or debit or credit card.) ~~~~~~~ Deadline December 31, 2021

Or download a MAIL-IN FORM HERE ~~~~~~~ postmarked before January 1, 2022

Thank you for your continued support of Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. Soon she will be carrying her story across the waters again, your support will help that happen!


Old Sails into Fabulous Bags! All Spoken For! Thank you!

A Fantastic Response for these Fabulous Bags!

All ten bags have been spoken for.


If we are able to get more we will let you know.

Look at these FABULOUS canvas bags from SeaBags!

SeaBags from Ernestina-Morrissey's sails. You can see the logo on the center bag and the banner on the others.


They were made for SEMA from Ernestina’s sails that are being replaced by a new suit of sails. We have a limited number that will be used to raise funds for the new sails.  The bags are large and marked on both sides with the logo and a banner “One Ship, Many Lives”.



The handles are one loop of hemp line,

This will give you an idea of the capacity of the bags and the way the hemp-line handles are attached and how well they will support the bags contents

spliced and served, sewn between the outer canvas layer and inner lining providing substantial support no matter how heavy a load you carry.  Each bag is unique with the original stitching from when the sails were constructed for Ernestina and show their years of service. Perhaps you sailed on Ernestina when these sails were capturing the wind and driving her along! What a wonderful holiday gift for a lover of Ernestina-Morrissey.


Don’t hesitate! There are only 10 available and one can be yours for a $250 donation (plus shipping if outside the SouthCoast area). Please contact us at to reserve one of these unique and handsome bags

Raising the Sails

Thanks to the many Ernestina-Morrissey supporters

who contributed to SEMA’s campaign to fund her new sails we are more than halfway to total funding!  Just the recent “Giving Tuesday” donations totaled $2,364.00.

During this time of giving, as the Holidays continue and a New Year approaches, please consider a donation to “Raise the Sails” on this wonderful, historic vessel.


You can give ONLINE HERE ~~ (PayPal or debit or credit card.)

Or download a MAIL-IN FORM HERE


Or consider purchasing a SeaBag. We give thanks for all the wonderful people who support a sailing Ernestina-Morrissey and look forward to sailing with you soon!

Work Starting on Dories

In August some of Ernestina-Morrissey’s dories were moved from the warehouse at New Bedford State Pier to Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Science & Field Operations Center in Marion.  The Coalition has generously provided a place for volunteers to prepare the dories for use again.  Captain Krihwan ordered a tent for storage and a small group mustered to erect it recently.

Tent erected, one dory in place. left to right: SEMA President Julius Britto, former crew Fred Sterner, Coalition captain, Sam Lyons, Captain Tiffany Krihwan. Also, not shown, Joe Pacheco, Gil Perry, former Commissioner Gene Monteiro and Mary Anne McQuillan

Contact us at if you are interesting in helping.

Progress in the Shipyard ~ December 1, 2021

Thank you, Bristol Marine, for sharing the latest news of the great work your crew is accomplishing during the pre-launch fitting out of Ernestina~Morrissey! And thank you to Robert Mitchell of Mitchell Photography for the great photos!  In the attached series of photos, you will see progress on the restoration of the Ernestina~Morrissey at Bristol Marine’s Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor.  Currently, all work on the Ernestina~Morrissey at the Shipyard is being funded through the generosity of the Lenfest Family.

1. Ballasting:

We are installing ballast in the aft cabin beneath the driveline. There is roughly 40,000lbs of remaining lead blocking that will need to be positioned throughout the bilges prior to launch day in the spring.

2. Cross Trees & Cross Trees 2:

David Thorpe is seen here fitting the oak cross trees on the Foremast. The Main Mast is already complete. In the second image, you can see the historical documentation being used to built and install this portion of the rigging.

David Thorpe is seen here fitting the oak cross trees on the Foremast. The Main Mast is already complete. In the second image, you can see the historical documentation being used to built and install this portion of the rigging.

3. Engine Room:

The mechanical spaces are receiving a well-deserved cleanup ahead of electrical installations next week.

4. Main and Foremasts, and the Main Boom

On the right side of the photo Kaz Buozys is checking clamps on the recent lamination for the main boom on the far side of the shop floor. David Short (blue shirt) is seen here wielding his template for shaping the foremast (on the right). The main mast (left) is already 8 sided in this image. Soon, the main and foremast will be completed and ready for coating before hardware is installed.

5. Mast Shaping

David Short monitoring the shaping process. You can see in this image the progress of bringing the Main Mast from 8-sides to 16-sides. This process begins with a chainsaw to rough-cut the mast from a square laminated block into an 8-sided spar. From that point, the crew uses power planes to bring it as closely to round as possible before sandpaper finishes the job. In this image, sandpaper is not far off.

6. Wood Lamination

This is an early image of what the Main Mast looked like during the lamination process.

You can easily access all our past posts about the Ernestina~Morrissey rehabilitation project HERE.

If you would like to help, just click the yellow DONATE button at the right.

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