Whaler’s Walk for Ernestina
Julius and his family honored their great-grandfather and used the opportunity to raise funds for Ernestina. SEMA is always looking for unique fundraising opportunities.
Contact us with your ideas!
Busy Weekend – the Morgan’s Here!
Priscilla Geigis, Director of the Division of State Parks and Recreation stopped by after the Opening Ceremony.
On Sunday the ship’s dory participated in the Boat Parade to celebrate the Charles W. Morgan’s arrival. For a few days Ernestina will not be the oldest ship in the harbor!
Clem Littleton (Son of Bartlett Boy Fred Littleton) and Alex Heavey head out to the Parade staging area.
The Morgan will be in New Bedford and open for visits until Sunday, July 6 and Ernestina will be open for deck tours every day from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
42nd Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade
Schooner Ernestina Commissioners Laura Pires-Hester and Gene Monteiro invite you to march with the Schooner Ernestina representatives. CONTACT us for details.
Helping Ernestina During the Morgan Homecoming
The Charles W. Morgan is coming to town and thousands are expected to visit New Bedford State Pier. This is a great opportunity to share Ernestina-Morrissey, Massachusetts’ Official Vessel, with all those visitors. DCR personnel and SEMA volunteers will staff the ship for eight “Open Ship” sessions, 11 am -3 pm from Sunday June 29 until July Sunday July 6. We need YOUR help. Please CONTACT us and let us know when you can stand a watch (or several) as deckhand for Open Ship during The New Bedford Homecoming. Since safety training needs to be organized for all the volunteers we would like to fill the roster soon. Please let us know when you can help!
Row for Ernestina
Ernestina needs two good hands. Are you a rower? Will you join the dory crew?
Ernestina’s dory will have a place of honor in the Boat Parade on Sunday June 29th during the celebration of the Charles W. Morgan’s Homecoming. CONTACT US and we’ll let Fred Sterner know that you can help.
It will be a lot easier than the year there was no wind at the Gloucester Schooner Race and the dories were launched to help move Ernestina toward the starting line until the tide turned fair and the wind filled in.
The Cutest T-shirts!
Here they are, by popular demand, kid’s sized t-shirts:
How can you order these shirts? Send us an order and we’ll mail them to you. There are toddler and youth sizes.
If you want to make a donation by check the donation is $15 which includes mailing expenses. Please CONTACT US for instructions.
If you want to order online with a credit card or PayPal the donation is $15 which includes mailing expenses. Please visit PayPal and enter $15 in the “donation amount” box. Click “continue” next the the credit card icons or log-in if you have a PayPal account. Fill in your information and indicate the size shirt you need and mailing instructions by clicking “add special instructions to the seller” and we’ll send you your shirt. Follow this link to our PayPal account. and click the “Donate” button. If you have any questions CONTACT US
Of course we have adult sizes too.
Busy Spring for Ernestina
Paul Alexio, DCR Supervisor, and volunteers have been busy since the winter cover came off. And the planning for Ernestina-Morrissey’s future continues.
Harold is consulting for DCR on the plans for Ernestina.
Ernestina has a new Charlie Noble thanks to a donation from SEMA and the expertise and labor of Dennis Tetrault’s Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies students at Greater New Bedford Regional-Vocational Technical High School.
Linking Ernestina-Morrissey’s Lives
We love it when Ernestina-Morrissey’s lives intertwine!
The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park sponsored a Park-wide clean-up recently. SEMA volunteers took that opportunity to organize Ernestina’s interpretive materials in preparation for the Charles W. Morgan New Bedford Homecoming. If you would like to help please CONTACT us.
Ernestina”s Role in Cape Verdean Culture
The New Bedford Historical Society sponsored an exploration of Cape Verdean culture at the National Park recently. SEMA President Julius Britto and Director Derek Stevens participated. Derek is Henrique Mendes’ great-grandson. Julius spoke passionately about the importance od the great sailing Cape Verdean packet ships, well described in this Standard Times article. Click on Len Cabral’s photo to scroll through the rest of the photos.