A Forum to discuss Ernestina’s future was held on October 30, 2010. The forum was organized by a partnership of SEMA, the Schooner Ernestina Commission and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The Forum was generously supported by The Island Foundation.

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Thank you to Forum Supporters

The Island Foundation     The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park                     The New Bedford Whaling Museum The Coalition for Buzzards Bay   The Schooner Ernestina Commission The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation  

Forum Proceedings Compiled

Executive Summary Nearly 200 people from Ernestina’s diverse constituencies convened on Saturday, October 30, 2010 to discuss the future of the Schooner Ernestina. The overall sentiment was that Ernestina needs to be restored and sailing. Numerous people from as far … Continue reading


Program: Ernestina Forum October 30, 2010  8:00 – 8:45           STATE PIER – Ernestina Tours (optional) 9:00 – 9:30           WHALING MUSEUM – MAIN LOBBY                   Registration and refreshments 9:30 – 10:00         THEATER Welcome from Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association (SEMA) – Mary Anne … Continue reading

Historic Curatorship Program

Through DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program, outside parties rehabilitate, reuse and maintain some of the Commonwealth’s most significant historic properties in return for credit toward a long-term lease, returning unused properties to active use.  A model for municipalities nationwide, this innovative … Continue reading

A Message from Gregg Swanzey

Participants: The case for Ernestina ex-Effie M. Morrissey standing as the most venerable and significant ship afloat today, barring none, is easily made. No need to say more. However, any vision and strategic plan will be undermined beyond repair without … Continue reading


ERNESTINA FUNDING AND EXPENDITURES     Chuck Smiler compiled this information.Thank you, Chuck!Charts of this information are available for download.  [download id="8"] [download id="9"] [download id="10"]     SIX YEARS OF OPERATIONS AND PROGRAMMING – FY1999 – 2004 FUNDING Source Yearly … Continue reading

Forum Welcome

Plenary session

Forum Flyer

Forum Press Release

Ernestina Forum to Discuss Uncertain Future of Storied Ship Congressman Barney Frank to Give Legislative Update New Bedford, MA – On Saturday, October 30, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association (SEMA) will hold a forum at … Continue reading

History and Network

A capsule history of Ernestina and a description of the Ernestina Network were provided to the participants.

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