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Ernestina awarded $270,000 in state funds

Standard-Times staff writer
February 27, 2008 6:00 AM
NEW BEDFORD — The schooner Ernestina has been awarded $270,000 in matching grants from the state's Office of Public Private Partnerships, Sen. Mark C.W. Montigny announced Tuesday.

The state funds can be used to match federal grants, including a $500,000 grant from the Save America's Treasures program that the Ernestina won in December.

"To me, every time we chip away like this, it's great news," said Sen. Montigny, D-New Bedford. "But you wake up tomorrow, and the job is still there to continue."

The state funding is a critical step forward, according to Paul Brawley, the Ernestina's executive director, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Hull repairs cost about $2 million; Mr. Brawley is hoping for private donations to put them over the top.

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Ernestina at AHA

February 2008 AHA night in New Bedford
will feature a birthday cake for Ernestina at 6:45 at the New Bedford Whaling National Park Visitors' Center then
Join Captain Tom Grace, who has a 24 year affiliation with Schooner Ernestina , as he dispels the top 20 myths associated with the schooner at 7pm. Also this evening view artwork by the participants of AHOY! (ArtHistoryOceansYouth), an Invest-In-Kids/A.C.C.E.S.S. Art Corp, an international-sponsored after school program. Program facilitators will be on hand to discuss the students' work and program themes of the history and importance of Schooner Ernestina and the many maritime activities along New Bedford's working waterfront. From 5-7pm.

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Commission Meeting March 14

Commission meeting location and time to be announced

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Commission Meeting Feb 8

The Ernestina Commission is meeting at the NPS Visitors' Center at 1 pm on Friday, February 8, 2008.

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Happy Birthday, Ernestina!

114 years ago today Effie M. Morrissey was launched. see the history link on for details

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Commission meeting Postponed to Friday, January 18, 2008

The Ernestina Commission will be meeting at the New Bedford Whaling National Park Visitors Center in New Bedford (
1 pm
Friday, January 18, 2008

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Ernestina Receives Major Grant

Dear Friends of Ernestina,

I am pleased to let you know that this afternoon, Senator Kerry, in conjunction with Senator Kennedy and Congressman Frank, is announcing that Ernestina is the recipient of a federal matching grant of $500,000 from Save America's Treasures!

This is just the beginning folks. Other efforts are taking place behind the scenes so there will be more forthcoming. The goal is to have her in the yards by late spring. Surveys of the mechanical and electrical systems are being scheduled for next week with the rigging scheduled for after the first of the New Year.

Below is the release issued by the NPS...Ernestina is prominently featured. Kudos to Celeste Bernardo for spearheading this effort. Happy Holidays my friends.

Video Featuring Ernestina and Others

A friend in Florida saw a video about sailing ships including the Ernestina. It apparently was filmed by PBS. Does anyone have further information about this video?

Ernestina Update-September 07

Last month we celebrated 25th anniversary of the gifting of the Ernestina to the U.S. by the Republic of Cape Verde. It was a great day filled with emotion and pride—a fitting tribute to a great ship and all the people who sailed in her.

As many of you may be aware, Ernestina/ex-Effie M. Morrissey has not set her sails since 2004 and last appeared at this Festival in 2003. I began my tenure as Executive Director two months ago and have been very impressed with the level of support and encouragement to see to it that this venerable historic vessel will sail once again.

The Goal
Raise $2.5 million to repair and restore the Ernestina based on the results of a survey of her hull completed in November 2006. Surveys of the mechanical and electrical systems as well as her rigging will be carried out over the next eight months. It is presumed that additional monies will be needed in order for Ernestina to be certified by the U.S. Coast Guard by the spring of 2009 so she can participate that summer in Sail Boston and Celebrating Bartlett in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the Schooner Festival in Gloucester and the Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford.

Ernestina Commission Meeting

I just want to let you know the next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 14, from 1-3 p.m. in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors Center.

Right now, the meetings are scheduled for the second Friday of each month through December. If the schedule changes, and next month's probably will because I have a conflict, I will post it here.

Thanks for all your support!

Paul Brawley
Executive Director
Schooner Ernestina

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