Ernestina Sailing Forward

The Ernestina Sailing Forward Committee is asking for your donations and community support as we raise $50,000 for the purchase of the mainsail for the Ernestina-Morrissey. The Ernestina was gifted to the people of the United States 40 years ago from the newly-independent Republic of Cape Verde. Now with her restoration nearing completion, Ernestina will again sail open waters in 2021.


The $10,000 matching challenge has been met!

AND the Hildreth-Stewart Charitable Foundation has donated $15.000 toward the mainsail!

Bob Hildreth sent along this message:

Bob Hildreth ~ 2019 visit to the Shipyard


America owes a lot to Cape Verdeans who brought the Ernestina to America after its long history in the islands. It would be wonderful if the Cape Verdeans could remember their proud heritage by helping to raise the sails again of the Ernestina. Contribute to the campaign with any amount you can. And sail on the ship next year. The ship is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. But its history belongs to you.



~~~ There is less than $15,000 left to raise!  ~~~

Help  “Raise the Main” today!

Please donate HERE!

(Be sure to watch the wonderful video produced by Rick and Alessandro Lopes!)

You can donate as an individual, a family, an organization, a club, or anonymously to the Ernestina Sailing Forward Fund. 100% of your donation will go directly to Ernestina-Morrissey‘s sails, any financial fees will be paid by SEMA.  Any donation amount makes a difference in Raising the Sails on Our Tallest of Tall Ships as we get underway on a fully restored Ernestina-Morrissey impacting many generations to come and honoring our beloved Cape Verdean heritage.

Many donors have made a dedication any you can too. Memorial and Honors

Act Now! Viva Ernestina! Obrigado!

If you prefer to donate by mail please download THIS FORM (If you want you can make a dedication for your donation on the form.) Please indicate your donation is for the mainsail and mail to:

SEMA~Ernestina Sailing Forward

P.O. Box 2995

New Bedford, MA 02741