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American Schooner Assn. Award to Shipwright Harold Burnham,

American Schooner Assn. Award to Shipwright Harold Burnham,
New Slate of Officers Seated at Annual Meeting

Mystic, CT, February 7 -- The annual meeting of the American Schooner Association (ASA) was highlighted by the organization’s presentation of its prestigious Award to shipwright and boatbuilder Harold Burnham of Essex, MA. Burnham was also the guest speaker at the meeting, which took place at Mystic Seaport Museum the first weekend in February.

The award is presented periodically to an individual or organization that has contributed to the preservation of schooners and their history. It was presented at Mystic by outgoing commodore John Eginton, owner and skipper of Mystic Whaler. Past recipients have included the Mystic Seaport Museum, naval architect George Stadel, Jonathan Wilson, founder of WoodenBoat Magazine, Francis E. “Biff” Bowker, longtime skipper of Mystic Seaport’s schooner Brilliant, and the Northwest Maritime Center and Wooden Boat Foundation in Port Townsend, WA.

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Maria De Barros Concert to Benefit Ernestina

Please mention Schooner Ernestina when you call or visit the box office to support your Ernestina.

WHO: Maria De Barros link to website: Maria
WHEN: Friday, February 19th 8 PM
WHERE: Zeiterion Theater, 684 Purchase St., New Bedford

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Happy 116th, Ernestina

Monday February 1 is the 116th anniversary of the launching of Effie M. Morrissey, now Schooner Ernestina. Friends shared a cake after the Commission meeting Friday.


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Ernestina Update Dec 09

Ernestina Update - December 26, 2009

Dear Friends of Ernestina ,

I hope you are all enjoying your Holidays. Many of you have responded to our appeal to match the Challenge. Thank you! We have met the $5,000.00 challenge from Chuck Smiler but SEMA needs more donations to meet Bob Hildreth's challenge of $10,000. You can mail your check to:


P.O. Box 2995

New Bedford, MA 02741-2995

We now have the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

as our fiscal sponsor. They can accept secure internet donations for us at DONATE

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Programming activities for 2010

Programming activities

The Programming Committee established by the Commission and led by Laura Pires Hester has begun discussing the need to restart and expand programming in advance of the Ernestina sailing and even if the vessel is not available in New Bedford. Because there is no full time staff, the committee will try to coordinate a series of events and possibly even restarting of regular education programming on board or relating to the Ernestina. Some financial resources are available for education programs. The idea of paying someone to plan and coordinate such programs has been raised recognizing the need to define the scope and function of such a person. Ideas are welcome.

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Nov 21 Workday productive

We had 20 people at the work party on Saturday, Nov 21 to scrape & prime the aft bulwarks and help take some equipment off the ship in preparation for yard work. Steve Swift helped Manny in winterizing the ship's systems and Fred & Fred worked on reefing the seams on the aft cabin.

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