Historical Resources

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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 … Continue reading

Documentation of Bartlett’s 1935 Voyage

Arctic Regions: Arctic Canada, Labrador and Alaska Captain Bartlett’s Cruise to the Arctic, 1935 and New York Times Article

Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey Documentation in Library of Congress

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are maintained in the Library of Congress.  They are Historic American Buildings Surveys, Historic American Engineering Records and Historic American Landscapes Surveys, 1933-Present.  You can find … Continue reading

Effie M. Morrissey’s “Record Run” Centennial

On December 10, 1912 Frederick William Wallace boarded the “Morrissey” for what would become her “Record Run” from Portland, ME and Yarmouth, NS. “From the dock in Portland to anchor in Yarmouth, she had made the 200 mile passage in … Continue reading

Ernestina ta camba na Sul

Traudi sent this for you to enjoy: “Amigos,   Uma storia…. in Criolu My friend Zizim Figueira from São Vicente living in Paris, France wrote this story when I had contacted him years ago.  Ate logo se Deus quiser, Traudi” … Continue reading

1928 Whitney Letter Surfaces

A letter from a Mr. Harry Whitney to  Rollin S. Ketchum Jr. of Mystic, CT written from Effie M. Morrissey in 1928 during the ship’s only voyage to the Bearing Sea.  The Stoll-McCracken Siberian Arctic Expedition to the Aleutian Islands, Bering Strait, … Continue reading

A Camera on the Banks exhibit – Ottawa, Canada

“Let the unique photographs of Frederick William Wallace transport you to the last days of Nova Scotia’s schooners under sail.”   Wallace sailed on Effie M. Morrissey and took photos featured in this exhibit.  If you can’t make it to … Continue reading

Essex 1947

The storyline of this film shows it’s age but it has some amazing footage of wooden ship construction methods in Essex, MA where Effie M. Morrissey was built at the James and Tarr yard and launched in 1894. The Shipbuilders … Continue reading

Scouts Voyage in 2001

This article from Scouting Magazine 2001 just surfaced thanks to the family of Scoutmaster Joe Leavens of Troop 182.  This kind of trip is one of the reasons SEMA is working to get Ernestina sailing again and serving the Commonwealth … Continue reading

Effie M. Morrissey Films Surfacing on YouTube

SEMA often gets emails from folks sharing some interesting news.  If you have anything to share please contact us! Arctic films from the Bartlett Era. These are short clips from Junius Bird with no audio. Hunting Bull Walrus 1928 Archaeological expedition Short … Continue reading

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