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Sail Ernestina

The mission of this website is to have a community site where friends of Ernestina - ex Effie M. Morrissey can post news, comments, ideas and stories about the Schooner Ernestina. Look at the forum topics (click forums in the left column), start a new one, add comments - and if you would like to put out ideas and make your voice heard, CONTRIBUTE IDEAS! here or MAKE DONATIONS! & SIGN UP FOR UPDATES! LINK to Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association,Inc.


The topics will probably include the rebuild, publicity, fundraising, and other ideas about what is necessary to get her sailing and teaching again. She has been neglected for a few years. Click on "read more" on the next line for the rest of the article.

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Ernestina Website Redesigned!

Check out!!

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If you are not already getting Ernestina Updates you can sign up here:

click on link SEMA

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Working Waterfront Festival

WWF was a great success. During two days of beautiful weather our volunteers told Ernestina's story to nearly 3,000 people and collected over $700.00 in donations and merchandise sales. A musical presentation on the Main Stage "Many Lives of Ernestina" featuring: Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne, Rum Soaked Crooks, The Beans, Chuck Smiler, Polly Zajac, Candida Rose & Peter Arteaga highlighted the various cultures tied to Ernestina. Here is a video posted by Jack Tar Magazine. LINK and more photos thanks to CV News and the Working Waterfront staff.

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Things Haven't Changed

"Ports are no good. Ships rot and the men go to the devil" - Joseph Conrad

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What's your Vision for Ernestina?

Join us for an inspiring day, where, ultimately, our ideas will create a new vision for the future of the Schooner Ernestina! The SEMA will hold a forum at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to discuss potential future uses of the historic ship. We seek diverse people ready to work together to describe how their ideas for the future of the Ernestina can be organized into a plan to sustain the ship’s restoration and operation. Come ready to think, share and get excited! The October 30th event is free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is required and space is limited. CONTACT: Kristen Sarkarati at or (617) 448-9309, or Barbara (Monteiro) Burgo at or (508) 822-0558 for more information or to register. DETAILS: Saturday, October 30, 2010 ** 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m ** New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Ernestina Forum

There will be an important discussion of Ernestina's FUTURE held at The Schooner Ernestina Forum Saturday October 30 Save the date! Details soon.

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Ernestina needs your help!

The Working Waterfront Festival is this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 25 & 26. If you've never attended, this is a wonderful festival with music and food that showcases New Bedford's waterfront and celebrates all the people who work to make any vibrant waterfront successful. Ernestina fits perfectly into this year's "Cultural Mosaic" theme.

Ernestina is right in the middle of the festival grounds. This will be an excellent opportunity to tell Ernestina's story and to attract new friends to support the ship.
Two staff will be provided by DCR but the Coast Guard requires a minimum of 5 people to supervise visitors aboard Ernestina. We will also need more folks to staff the booth at the top of the gangway at Coast Guard Park and to staff the Visitors' Center on State Pier. The festival hours are 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 11am to 5 pm on Sunday. We will also need some help on Friday to make sure we're all ready.

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Gloucester Heritage Day

Thank you to Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center for hosting us during the 2010 Schooner Festival. And a special THANK YOU to the volunteers who helped tell Ernestina/Effie M Morrissey's story to the visitors Saturday. Julius Britto made digital video recordings of suggestions for Ernestina's future. Lorraine Louanis brought maps of Bob Bartlett's voyages. As you can see we had a great day!

Jim, Paula, Julius

Jim Verni, Paula Sydlowski Julius Britto

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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.