The Ship Needs a New Nameplate!
Gloucester Schooner Festival
Labor Day Weekend brings the Gloucester Schooner Festival, a celebration of the schooner heritage. Of course Effie M. Morrissey, now Ernestina-Morrissey is one of the 6 remaining Essex schooners and the only Grand Banker left. There are always visitors to our booth seeking the latest news. Chet Brigham has just finished his book about Ernestina-Morrissey, Phoenix of the Seas, which will be published in early Spring. We were glad to see so many Morrissey family members and others with stories of the past, and all looking toward what the future holds for the ship. The traditional Heritage Day is hosted by Maritime Gloucester.
Always Work to Do on a Ship
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!
C.W. Morgan Visit Showcase for Ernestina Too
The New Bedford Homecoming of the Charles W. Morgan was the event of the summer for the city and for Ernestina Morrissey. With the help of many wonderful volunteers, DCR staff and the Schooner Ernestina Commission hosted over 1600 people on the ship. The weather was wonderful except for a short visit by Hurricane Arthur which cancelled July 4 events. From the first weekend until the closing fireworks it was a great event! Thank you to everyone who made it possible to tell Ernestina Morrissey‘s many stories to new friends from all over!
President Lima was in town with other officials from Cabo Verde’s Ministry of Culture and the New Bedford Whaling Museum to cement a partnership that aims to enrich education and cooperation between the two.
Ernestina Will Sail Again!
The news we have been waiting for has finally been released. Thank you to all the friends of Ernestina who donated money to SEMA and gave their time to showcase the ship. Your perseverance delivered the message loud and clear that Ernestina is IMPORTANT!
We can finally tell you that Ernestina will be totally rebuilt. Bob Hildreth, a founder and vice-president of SEMA, and Gerry Lenfest, who has had an interest in the ship since a childhood acquaintance with Capt. Bob Bartlett, have committed a total of $2.8 million to the re-fit. SEMA is committed to provide $1 million and the Commonwealth’s $2.5 million will insure that the ship will sail again! Everyone that has been working very hard for this moment should be proud that this vessel, that was built in Massachusetts and returned to us in 1982 as a gift from the people of Cabo Verde will be able to proudly represent the Commonwealth again.
SEMA looks forward to our continued partnership with the Schooner Ernestina Commission and DCR’s Commissioner Jack Murray as we work to raise the final $1 million. It is wonderful to see what can be accomplished when everyone works together toward a common goal.
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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.