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March Update

Dear shipmates,

As many of you may be aware, Ernestina/ex-Effie M. Morrissey has not set her sails since 2004. I began my tenure as Executive Director last July 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. Our volunteers (hundreds of them) continue to play an invaluable role and we are certainly grateful to them for their enthusiastic and unwavering support. We are also fortunate to have an enthusiastic and talented Schooner Ernestina Commission that is providing solid direction and leadership.

March Commission Meeting

Greetings,

The next Commission meeting will take place on Friday, March 14 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the National Park Visitors Center in New Bedford.

For those of you who may not know, Chair Paul Fonteyn is leaving UMASS to assume the Presidency of Green Mountain College in Vermont. He will not be able to make this meeting (netiher can I due to Navy commitment) but should be there for the April meeting.

Cheers.

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 prideā€”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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