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Gazela Primeiro visits New Bedford - shared fishing history

The Portuguese barketine Gazela Primeiro homeported in Philadelphia will visit New Bedford from Thusday, July 29, 2010, through August 2. Ernstina, as Effie. M. Morrissey, fished the Grand Banks for the salt cod trade during the years of Gazela's early life using the same two-man dory longlining methods that the Portuguese continued to use until the early 1970s.

Come down and see this famous fishing vessel which shares so much heritage with Ernestina, with the fishing ports of Gloucester, Providence, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and with our Portuguese fishing families.

Welcome Home Ernestina! - May 6, 7 and 9, 2009

Schooner Ernestina returns from Boothbay, Maine, to her home port in New Bedford on May 9, with stops in Gloucester on May 6 and Boston on May 7.

Come see the extensive work done to the forward half of the ship. Celebrate her return and contribute to her rebirth with musical and other fundraising events. Paul Brawley, Executive Director of Schooner Ernestina, and Harold Burnham, master shipwright who supervised the work on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will be on hand at each port to talk about the work and the future.

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