Park Serve Day Brings Spring to Ernestina
DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert told the Ernestina volunteers that they were among 5,000 volunteers in parks across the state. During this statewide day of service, volunteers worked together to get parks and beaches across Massachusetts ready for summer by cleaning coastlines, clearing trails, planting flowers, painting picnic tables, and more.
Here’s how the day went aboard Ernestina.
Summer Employment Opportunity
Visit the official DCR job posting for details.
What’s Been Happening Under That Cover?
DCR carpenter Manny Silva and additional DCR winter staff David and Paul have accomplished a lot since the Commission visit in January.
Deed of Gift of Ernestina from the Republic of Cape Verde to the People of the US
The records of the Schooner Ernestina Commission have recently been preserved in the archives of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). DCR Archivist Sean Fisher shared with us a copy of the Deed of Gift which you can download and view.
In 1982, after 88 years of fishing and exploring as Effie M. Morrissey and packeting as Ernestina, the ship belonged to the Republic of Cape Verde.
The Cape Verdean government presented the ship, as a gift, to the People of the United
States. This would not have been accomplished without the efforts of many people around the world, especially the Friends of Ernestina/Morrissey, including many Cape Verdean-Americans, supporters from Cape Ann and members of the Bartlett Exploration Association. Because of her Essex/Gloucester origins the ship was entrusted to Massachusetts.
This is a very significant part of the amazing history of this Official Vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Laura Pires-Hester, Chair of the Schooner Ernestina Commission and Julius Britto, President of SEMA were pivotal in the efforts to repatriate the ship and are still working for the very best future for this wonderful gift.
Park Serve Day Postponed
Park Serve Day April 27
RESCHEDULED for Saturday April 27.
It’s time to get Schooner Ernestina ready for the summer season.
Let’s get that winter cover off!
Please sign up on DCR’s Park Serve Page.
Step #1: “Select a park” – scroll down and select Schooner Ernestina.
then complete steps #2 -#4 and click submit.
You should get a confirmation email.
Please RSVP to SEMA so we will know how much coffee and donuts to get and so we can let you know if you need to bring any special equipment.
Fun from last year:
See you at State Pier, New Bedford at 9 am Saturday, April 27! We’ll be done by 1:00 pm.
Celebrating 119 years for Ernestina
Jim and Cindy Bean welcomed the Fufu Band to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors’ Center.
Following a showing of the Pathe Newsreels (who could forget Bob Bartlett’s “Little Morrissey“?), former crew members and friends of Schooner Ernestina had the audience in fits of laughter as they shared their stories and songs of some of the more amusing times on board. Tom Goux started us off with “Yoyo Schooners”. Chuck Smiler continued the fun, with a recitation of the “The Log of the Record Run” while dressed in full fisherman’s gear and drinking from a bottle. Was it muddy water or rum? Fred Sterner and Marty Casey regaled us with their tales, including times on this venerable working boat, while in the company of pristine yachts. A blushing bride remembered with fondness her wedding on board.
Jim Bean had everyone singing when he led his new chantey, “Potty on a Line” to commemorate a voyage when Ernestina sported a large wheel chair accessible port-a-potty on the starboard side, and his watch was assigned to catch it on the dock at low tide.
Louise and Paul Anthony helped everyone make beautiful Sailors’ Valentines with dyed pasta prepared by Cindy Bean.
Everyone joined The Beans in singing “Lovely Ernestina” . Then everyone finished the celebration with birthday cake served by Annie McDowell.
A big thank you to Emily Prigot and the staff at the New Bedford Whaling Historical Park for all their help.
Keep posted for BIG plans to celebrate Ernestina’s 120th in 2014!
Come join the FUFU band! Let’s make some music for Ernestina!
Come celebrate Schooner Ernestina’s 119th birthday on Valentine’s Day and join in the fun,when the AHA! theme for the night is ‘Ha, Ha”. Kids of all ages will meet at 7:30 P.M. in front of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor’s Center to join the fufu band. What fun!
“Musical instruments” will be provided or bring your own. We will march through the Visitor Center to the auditorium.
Make a Sailor’s Valentine, watch newsreels from when the Effie M. Morrissey went to the Arctic, and enjoy stories and songs about some of the lighter times on board. Sing Happy Birthday to Ernestina and indulge in a piece of birthday cake.
PROUD TO BE CAPE VERDEAN Film Screening
“Proud to be Cape Verdean (PTBCV): A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State,” a documentary about the Cape Verdean community in California, will screen on Friday, June 28 @ 7:00 pm at the Corson Maritime Learning Center Theater, 33 William St, New Bedford, Ma. Doors open at 6:00pm.
The event is free to the public. PTBCV captures the essence of the Cape Verdean culture in California through an insightful look at individuals and organizations and their desire to maintain their cultural identity. The music of the Mendes Brothers, John & Ramiro is featured. Actor/Producer Michael Beach lends his voice talents as Narrator.
The writer/producer/director of the film, Mike Costa, has been a professional writer for over 15 years and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America. His many credits include: Roseanne, The Steve Harvey Show, In the House and The Gregory Hines Show. His interest and experience in documentary film making resulted in collaborative works with other Cape Verdean film makers.
This one-hour documentary offers oral histories in conjunction with interviews, photographs and re-enactments that accurately depict the transition of small family gatherings where Cape Verdeans shared their love of their cuisine and music grew, inspired and eventually shaped the formation of non-profit Cape Verdean organizations dedicated to sustaining the legacy of their racially and linguistically rich culture while maintaining a strong connection to their East Coast ties and their home country of Cape Verde. Experts such as Gina Sanchez-Gibau, PhD, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Indiana University/IUPUI, James Lopes, noted Cape Verdean Genealogist and Cape Verdean Ambassador to the United States, Fatima Veiga are featured.
This has been a collaborative effort of the entire California Cape Verdean community. The film will screen in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Atlanta, Ohio, California and throughout the Cape Verdean Diaspora. The documentary features Portuguese and French subtitles.
Ernestina Commission Visits Ship
The recent Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting included a visit to Ernestina to review the work being done and to examine concerns yet to be addressed.
Karl Pastore, South Region Director and Bob Mackenzie, South Coast Director explained the work in progress and planned projects.
The Commissioners also visited the Ernestina workshop stocked with new woodworking equipment.