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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 (http://www.nps.gov/nebe/siteindex.htm)
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?

Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting

I just want to let you know the next Schooner Ernestina Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 14, from 1-3 p.m. in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors Center. I will not be attending that meeting due to Navy duty.

Thanks for all your support!

Paul Brawley
Executive Director
Schooner Ernestina

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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check out photos of 32nd Annual Cape Verdean Parade via the lens of the Ernestina contingent

visit www.accessartcorpintl.org
for great photos of the sailernestina community marching hard on a 92 degree day! and a bit at Tall Ships Newport

Viva Ernestina!

Thanks to: Fred and Mary Anne who arrived early to help rig the replica;
Mark Trafton who hauled the "lttle Effie" from Essex to Newport to New Bedford;
Tony Tavares who helped set up the booth at the Verdean Vets hall;
Heidi Baker for staffing the booth all day;
all volunteers who did shifts or time at the booth;

George Fonseca for the the shirt design and marketing help;

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Paul Brawley - Executive Director

Paul Brawley is the new Executive Director of the Schooner Ernestina. He has a good background in fundraising and publicity. He sailed on the tall ship HMS Rose at age 15 and is someone who certainly knows about boats.
From a short talk with him today, it is easy to see that he is absolutely determined to get Ernestina sailing again. He is already formulating plans to do so. The boat will go places.

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cultural outreach for Ernestina

Visit www.accessartcorpintl.org
to discover what we do and how you can help.

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Steam

This was written to honor the work of Cape Verdean volunteers and to celebrate Her unique history as the only Tall Ship bringing Cape Verdeans from Africa as trans-Atlantic immigrants to a new life here in the United States.