Bonnie Gallant at the helm as Commissioner Fred Sterner explains how the Schooner Ernestina Commission and DCR are working to get the ship sailing again. . Bonnie visited the ship recently. Her grandfather Leonard Gushue sailed as engineer on Effie M. Morrissey with Capt. Bob Bartlett.
Summer Programs at Ernestina
Tom Nixon has been appointed DCR’s Seasonal Interpreter for Ernestina. He will be providing programs for the public Wednesday through Saturday during the summer and is anxious to get started. Volunteers will be needed to provide deck tours for groups boarding the ship. You can CONTACT Tom through the website if you can help or are interested in a program.
Ernestina’s Masts Are UP!
May 31, 2013 dawned clear and calm. The crane from N.C. Hudon arrived at 9 am and the crew was ready. Ernestina was ready too!
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The new mast was rigged and rest of the rig was repaired and serviced with matching funds from DCR’s Partnership Program. Shipwright Leon Poindexter and his crew worked on the project for nearly two months.
This new foremast was donated to the Schooner Ernestina Commission by Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. http://www.ernestina.org/news/new-foremast-arrives-2/
Need to add reeve to your vocabulary? Thomas Liddell Ainsley can tell you all about it in his 1871 book on seamanship.
The masts were stepped May 31 on a perfect day. It took less than 3 hours of crane work but there are still adjustments to make as the masts and rig settle into place.
It sure is GREAT to see those spars reach into the sky again!
Thank you everyone involved.
Ernestina Masts Going Up May 31
The coins are ready and the crane is scheduled for 9 am Friday May 31.
The history of the coins that were already under the masts is interesting, just as amazing as Ernestina-Morrrissey’s history.
and the new coins that will be added this year include:
Coins Taken from Ernestina’s Foremast – December 9, 2011
- 1977 Cape Verdean 50 Escudos Amilcar Cabral celebrating the newly formed Republic of Cape Verde and the gift of the ship to the US which returned Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey to Massachusetts where she was launched in 1894. http://www.archive.ernestina.org/history/1982.html
- 1994 Silver Dollar added in 1994 with foremast http://www.archive.ernestina.org/history/1994.html
- 2003 quarter added in 2003 after rig inspection http://www.archive.ernestina.org/ship/logbook2003/lg042903.html
Coins Taken from Ernestina’s Mainmast – December 9, 2011
- 1977 Cape Verdean 50 Escudos Amilcar Cabral
- 1894 Silver Dollar Commemorates Effie M. Morrissey’s launch from Essex, MA http://www.archive.ernestina.org/history/1894.html
- 1986 Statue of Liberty Silver Dollar added during refit which allowed Ernestina’s participation in OpSail 1986 “Salute to Liberty” celebrating the Statue of Liberty’s centennial. http://www.archive.ernestina.org/history/1986.html
- mystery quarter? Only copper disk left
Coins to be added for 2013 mast stepping
- 1945 Newfoundland 5 cent piece donated by SEMA director Catherine Dempsey representing the Captain Bob Bartlett Arctic exploration years.
- Cape Verdean 50 Escudos donated by Tiny Tavares
- Cape Verdean 100 Escudos donated by Laura Pires-Hester
- 2013 “America the Beautiful” series Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter recognizing Ernestina’s partnership with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, her special relationship with Canada and a special message to all of us from Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry “Don’t Give Up the Ship”
Schooner Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey masts will be stepped 5/31/2013
- new foremast donated to the Schooner Ernestina Commission by Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. http://www.ernestina.org/news/new-foremast-arrives-2/
- Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Partnership Matching Program provided the funds for outfitting the new foremast and for the repairs and maintenance to the main mast and the ship’s rigging.
- shipwright Leon Poindexter lead the crew to complete the project
Re-Rig Project Has Begun
Leon Poindexter’s and his crew are preparing the masts and rigging and will raise the masts by June 1. Return here often to check on the progress.
Check out a video of the Spar Shop lathe in action.
This new foremast was purchased by SEMA and donated to the Ernestina Commission. This donation was matched 2:1 by funding from DCR’s Partnership Matching Program to pay for the contractors to fit out the masts, repair the rigging and raise the masts.
It’s mid-May and the it’s exciting to see the progress. Soon those masts will be scraping the sky again.
Landfall Sailing Club Welcomes “E”
Saturday night Julius Britto and Stephan Platzer traveled to Hingham, MA to present Ernestina’s story to the Landfall Sailing Club, a group of sailors from along the eastern and south coasts of Massachusetts who meet monthly in Weymouth, MA.
Julius explained Ernestina’s current situation and the efforts to get Ernestina sailing again. Stephan presented the story of the ship’s repatriation in 1982. He is the author of “Bringing E Home”, an account of his experience as a crew member for the trans-Atlantic voyage from Cape Verde. Ernestina, launched in Essex, MA as Effie M. Morrissey, was returned as a gift to the United States from the Republic of Cape Verde.
It was a great evening to celebrate Ernestina. Thanks to the Landfall Sailing Club for the opportunity.
Lend a Hand
is holding its Annual Volunteer Cleanup
& All American Cookout on Saturday, May 18.
Give Emily a call and let her know you’ll be there!
Spring 2013 Marketing Survey Completed
Members of the Ernestina Commission and SEMA met with students to receive the results of the latest survey. The Schooner Ernestina Commission and the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. commissioned the University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth Charlton College of Business Center for Marketing Research to conduct a second marketing survey this spring to follow up on the information acquired last fall by the first survey. This survey will be used in the planning for Ernestina’s future operations and programming.
We thank Dr. Nora Garmin Barnes, Director of the Center for Marketing Research, for offering this invaluable service to Ernestina’s future.
We congratulate the students, Amy Ingraham, Ashkan Taheri, Patrick Leonard, Joseph Veduccio, and Sanghyuk Nam for their excellent report. With an understanding of the demand and potential return on the various activities Ernestina might undertake, the Commission, SEMA, DCR and the Ernestina community can then use this information to build a suite of programming that will help ensure a sustainable and dynamic future for a restored, sailing Ernestina.
SEMA supported the Commission again by paying 50% of the Center’s fee.
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.