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Daisy Nell and Stan Collinson, Longtime Ernestina Supporters, Performing Thursday

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park presents
featuring Daisy Nell and Stan Collinson

Enjoy a FREE maritime concert
Thursday, July 15th at 6:30 PM
Visitor Center Garden (33 William Street)


Daisy Nell, native of Essex, MA, mainstay of the shipbuilding industry for over 300 years, brings alive New England’s maritime history through traditional songs of the sea. A familiar voice on the North Shore music scene, she is known for her broad repertoire of traditional folk, chanteys, and contemporary songs. Her husband, Stan Collinson, (Captain Stan), adds his guitar and dobro to Daisy's banjo and guitar. Pat Conlon of Gloucester and Steve Wainwright of Marblehead fill out the band. Together they cover a lot of territory, from the foc’s’le to the farm!

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SEMA announces fundraising challenge

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Assn, Inc.
November, 2009
Dear Friend of Ernestina,
Since Paul Brawley, former Executive Director and Annie McDowell, former Ship's Accountant have been discharged due to the severe shortfalls in the State budget, I will be keeping you apprised of the ship’s status. Some members of the Schooner Ernestina Commission and some volunteers have formed the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. The purpose of SEMA is raising funds to provide for the maintenance, equipment, manning, programming and operation of the Schooner Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey as a sail training vessel, school ship, and educational enterprise. Our goal is to raise the $3,000,000 needed to rebuild the aft section of the vessel and refit her. SEMA is committed to the ship’s receiving full Coast Guard sailing school vessel certification as soon as possible so that she can return to serving the Commonwealth as she has in the past. Once we have achieved this goal we will continue to support the vessel as needed. SEMA has applied for 501 c 3 non-profit status and expects to receive the determination from the IRS in January, which will be retroactive for 2009. We do have a Certificate for Solicitation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and can accept donations.

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Help match the SAT grant

Thanks to EVERYONE who worked to get Ernestina the matching funds from DCR's Office of Private and Public Partnerships, but there is still $250,000 to be matched. Yes, it will take some big contributors but the small ones count too. Let's show everyone what the Ernestina community can do to support the ship we all love.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made to: Schooner ERNESTINA Commission Trust, Box 2010, New Bedford, MA 02741-2010. For more information, please feel free to contact Paul at or by calling 508-992-4900.

Donations to the Schooner ERNESTINA Commission Trust are charitable contributions that can be claimed in an income tax return, in accordance with the requirements of Title 26 of the United States Code, [i.e. Section 170 (c) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code].

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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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