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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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Cape Verdean Recognition Week Events

Barbara Burgo answers questions at Cape  Verde 35-550 event

Barbara Burgo answers questions at Cape Verde 35-550 event at the Whaling Museum. Barbara also staffed the booth at the parade grounds on Saturday.

Madison, Stephanie & Casey carried the banner

Madison, Stephanie & Casey carried the banner

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park partners marched together in the parade

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March with SEMA July 3

The 38th Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade is coming up on Saturday, July 3. SEMA will be marching with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park partners.
The parade begins at 11 AM, with check-in at 10:00 am. We will all gather
at Rockdale Avenue and Union Street at Buttonwood Park. The parade route is as follows: East on Union St, South on Acushnet Ave., West on Grinnell St, and North onto Pleasant St. The parade will pass the reviewing stand at the former Morse Twist Drill parking lot between Wing and Bedford Streets.

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Cape Verde 35/550

Celebrate 550 years since discovery and 35 years since independence this Wednesday at the Whaling Museum. This event kicks off Cape Verdean Recognition Week.

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Ernestina Front Page News

Read the recent article from The New Bedford Standard Times HERE.

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Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc

photo by Roland Morin

The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. (SEMA) is a 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of 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.

Director Polly Zajac is working to restore the website. When it is ready we will transfer the SEMA information, donations and sign-ups there.

Please excuse the content, the buttons below work, we are still working on the rest of the page.

This button will bring you to the PayPal website where you can donate with your credit card or log in if you have a PayPal account. Fill in the "check" with your donation amount and click "Update Total" This will bring you to the payment page. You do not have to register for PayPal, just click "continue" next to the credit card logos to bring you to the "pay with credit card" page. This is a secure transaction.

If you prefer you can send a check to SEMA, P.O. Box 2995 New Bedford, MA 02741
SEMA Membership Levels

$1,000+ Second Century Club
$500 - $999 Captain
$250 - $499 Navigator
$125 - $249 Explorer
$60 - $124 Shipmate
$30 - $59 Dorymate
Thank You for your tax deductible donation. Every bit helps us get closer to the day Ernestina sails again!
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Just type your email address in the box click, "join", then fill in the blanks on the Registration page.

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Dory Racers Successful

Two of Schooner Ernestina's Lunenburg trawl dories took part in the Buzzards Bay Open Water Rowing Challenge on Saturday, June 12. The Buzzards Bay Rowing Club,, race sponsor and organizer, enthusiastically welcomed the effort to bring dories, historic working rowing boats, to the race.
Ernestina and BBRC volunteers, assisted by DCR carpenter Manny Silva, prepared and launched the dories. Guillermo Gonzalez, Bill Wurm, Laurie and SEMA director John Bullard rowed two of the Ernestina's dories from their berth, out of the harbor and to Fort Taber. The eight mile round trip served as a good sea trial. Dory #1 is tight as a drum and rows very well. Dory #2 has a leak which requires bailing every few minutes.

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Call For Volunteers

Schooner Ernestina
Department of Conservation and Recreation
10 E State Pier Contact: Leah, Visitor Services Supervisor
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 992-4900
Call For Volunteers
New Bedford - Volunteers are needed to assist with tours at the Schooner Ernestina. The Schooner Ernestina is the State Ship of Massachusetts and an important part of our local cultural history. Whether you’ve volunteered with us in the past or are a new face, all are welcomed to an informational meeting to be held. CLICK on "read more" on next line to see the rest of the information.

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Schooner Ernestina Commission Meetings

The Schooner Ernestina Commission will meet Friday, May 21, 2010 in Boston. The location TBA. The June 18 meeting will be held at 1 pm in the meeting room at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William Street , New Bedford, MA.

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Celebrate Bartlett

The Schooner Ernestina Commission is proud to announce the opening of the “Celebrate Bartlett” exhibit at the New Bedford Ocean Explorium on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at 7PM.

This exhibits chronicles the life of Captain Robert A. Bartlett, owner of the Effie M. Morrissey, now Schooner Ernestina, from 1926-1946. Capt. Bartlett, originally from Brigus, Newfoundland, was a renowned Arctic explorer who successfully navigated Admiral Peary to his discovery of the North Pole in 1909. Capt. Bartlett made yearly trips to the Arctic for scientific expeditions and anthropologic studies with sponsorships from National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and the Museum of Natural History. Capt. Bartlett and the Morrissey also were commissioned by the US Navy for surveying in the Arctic during World War II.