Memorials and Honors ~ Ernestina Sailing Forward

Memorials and Honors ~  Donations for Ernestina Sailing Forward

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In memory of Sarafina Neves Britto Lopes and Manuel Joseph Lopes by Mannie Lopes and family

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In Memory of Adilino and Louise Mendes by Elaine (Mendes) Monteiro

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Giselle Hart for For Becca Hadik

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Barbara Burgo, Manuel Inocencio, Gunga Tavares onboard Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor  ~ 2011

Dedication by Laura Pires-Hester: In honor of “Gunga” Tavares’ April 4th Birthday Celebration, with thanks and appreciation for her many years of dedicated service and advocacy for Cape Verdean and Cape Verdean-American diaspora communities and for her love and support for Ernestina

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1927 ~ Junius Bird

Dedication for Thomas L. Bird’s $1,000 donation:  In memory of Junius Bird who sailed as scientist on six voyages to the Arctic with Captain Robert A, Bartlett on the Effie M. Morrissey.

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John Pires, Jr.

Dedication by Laura Pires Hester for $1,000 donation to Ernestina Sailing Forward:  In loving memory of my late brother, John M. Pires, Jr., who loved all things maritime and looked forward to Ernestina’s return to New Bedford

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In memory of Francis X. Cabral by Heather Cabral

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1998 Bartlett Boys reunion, Fred Littleton in striped shirt.

In Memory of Fred Littleton, “Bartlett Boy”, who worked with “Friends of Ernestina” to return her to the U.S. in 1982 and worked with Ernestina Morrissey Historical Association after her return, by his son Clem Littleton.

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In Memory of my brother Robert W. Cruz by Carl J. Cruz

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Robert & Analina Mendes ~ “This is heritage! Glad to be able to contribute to the cause.”

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In Memory of Louise, Adalino, and Joe Mendes by Derek Stevens

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Our prayers are with this awesome project and in the words of Saint Paul; “unto him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we ask or think…” by Rev Dr Robert Gomes

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Laura Pires-Hester and Frank Grace

In memory of my beloved husband Frank Grace, WWII veteran, and one who loved Schooner Ernestina by Mary Pires Grace

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Gomes Family- Wareham, MA  ~~~ $1,000

Our donation is in honor of Miguel Lobo Gomes Sr. who left his beloved CV in 1911. The Gomes Family challenges other families to celebrate and honor their ancestors who made that brave and historic journey to the US.

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To Honor Antone and Corinne Monteiro by Gene Monteiro

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2000 ~ Schooner Ernestina Elly and David Rubin

David & Elly Rubin ~ Remembering our week aboard the Ernestina in 2000 as part of a UMass-Boston Environmental Studies program, and celebrating our 59th wedding anniversary, married on April 15, 1962. David this testimonial to us in 2018  HERE

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Laura Pires-Hester left,  Schooner Ernestina Commission President, and Sheila Pires Pierce, center, New Bedford’s Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade ~  2011

Dedication by John M. Pires III:  “In recognition of my aunt, Laura Pires-Hester, who has invested decades of time and effort in the difficult work required to bring the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey to its present success and beyond.

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Dedication for Vinny DeMacedo’s $1,000 donation: The deMacedo family is so grateful to those of you who have dedicated so many hours and years to make the restoration of this ship a reality. We hope to play a small role in the future. The ship symbolizes the passage to this great nation of so many Cape Verdeans.

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Julius Britto’s Great Grandfather Bernardino Horta Varella

Dedication for Julius and Sandra Britto’s $1,000 donation: “The Varella family greatly honors their patriarch Bernadino Horta Varella for his courage and foresight. Arriving in Rochester, Massachusetts while on shore leave as a whaler; “Ben” purchased land in 1886, traveled back to Cape Verde and embarked again for America, this time arriving with his family aboard the Gloucester-built schooner “Notice” on August 5, 1902. His courage was fully displayed during their harrowing, two month, trans-Atlantic voyage when he helped save his wife Christina, their daughters Anna and Matilda, and his son-in-law Manuel Cabral, as chronicled in the New York Times report of that fateful journey.” ~~~also by Natalie Mendes and Christine Rose

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