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It’s Schooner Festival week!!!!!! (Effie, the pup at the helm of Ernestina)

For The Who When What Where Check Out The Schooner Festival Website Here

Al Bezanson submits-

Effie, the pup at the helm of Ernestina, (ex Effie M Morrissey) will be greeting visitors at the SEMA table from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday at Maritime Gloucester.  This Effie is a Newfoundland, no longer a pup, and there’s no missing her.   The Schooner Ernestina Morrissey Association (SEMA) has important news to share on a restoration schedule and subsequent plans to put her back to work.  Now owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and operated by the Schooner Ernestina Commission, she was launched as Effie M Morrissey in Essex 120 years ago to fish out of Smith Cove for the J F Wonson Fish Company.  We are very interested in talking to anyone with information on her early years working out of Gloucester.

We hope to see you at MG on Saturday!

(Mary Ann McQuillan photo, 2003)

Al Bezanson


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The Schooner Ernestina From Len Burgess

One of the 6 remaining old schooners built in Essex, MA is now 118 years old.


Len Burgess writes-

On February 1, 1894 118 years ago the Effie M. Morrissey, the ship that became Ernestina, slid down the ways at the James and Tarr Yard in Essex, Massachusetts.

The Ernestina has been designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. She has sailed on through the century to become one of six remaining Essex-built schooners and is now in New Bedford, MA.

She reached within 600 miles of the North Pole and is the last ship to bring immigrants to this country under sail from the Cape Verde Islands. Ernestina was given to the people of the United States by the people of the Cape Verde Islands in 1982. Her history is a remarkable legacy that spans continents, races and generations.

A very large scale model of the “Morrissey” is in the Waterline Center at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

Here are some videos and photos I took of her back in May of 2009-

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For Ernestina Fans-

Ernestina Heads Out To Make “Official” Return

Like how the Paint Factory is framed by the Flag and the Ernestina?

I headed down early yesterday morning to get some footage of The Ernestina while in port. Thanks to Damon I got the heads up that she was in. I didn’t understand the crew’s reluctance to let me aboard until later when I found out that she supposed to make a “Grand” entrance with escorts and all later that morning.
Here the skipper readies her to leave the harbor so they could make a formal entrance an hour or so later.

Ernestina to be launched today!

From the  Schooner Ernestina Blog-

Dear Friends of Ernestina,

Ernestina is scheduled to be launched Thursday about 10 a.m. and Annie, Manny and I are planning to be there. We visited her last week and she is coming along very well and looks beautiful – at least the front half! Save the dates and pass this along to all.

Ernestina Operational Schedule May 5-9, 2009*

  • Tuesday, May 5 TBD Depart Boothbay Harbor, ME

  • Wednesday, May 6 – Noon Arrive in Gloucester, Maritime Heritage Center

  • Thursday, May 7 – 9:00AM Depart Gloucester

12:00PM  Arrive in Boston, Rowes Wharf

(Charlestown Navy Yard is the back-up)

  • Friday, May 8 –  0600 Depart Boston

12:30PM Arrive Cape Cod Canal

2:30PM  Depart Cape Cod Canal

Sunset Arrive off New Bedford

  • Saturday, May 9 Noon Dock at State Pier, New Bedford

* Schedule subject to change. For safety reasons, the vessel will only travel in a gentle to moderate breeze and not in inclement weather.

The Commission’s Marketing and Special Events subcommittee is working on celebratory/fundraiser events for each stop and as soon as the details are firmed up, I will certainly pass them along.

I am pleased to announce that Leah Jeffries has returned as our Visitors Services Supervisor through September.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Fair Winds and Following Seas!

Paul Brawley

Executive Director


Developers offer beams from New Bedford mill building for Ernestina

This photo is from the Ernestina website. I can't take gredit for this!

This photo is from the Ernestina website. I can't take gredit for this!

For those of you who are interested in the Ernestina:

Ernestina, the state’s official vessel, is undergoing an extensive $1.1 million rehabilitation of the forward end of the vessel, including bow and foredeck. The work is being done at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine. Brawley is in the process of raising an additional $3 million to do the aft end. The schooner is expected to return to New Bedford on May 9.

The developers of Riverside Landing in New Bedford plan to donate 24-foot-long beams of southern yellow pine to the preservation of New Bedford’s historic schooner Ernestina, city officials announced Tuesday.

The beams will “be carefully extracted as part of the demolition process of the remaining Fairhaven Mills structure,” Mayor Scott Lang’s office said in a press release.

For more info, click here.  Thanks, Penelope, for the link! —Sharon

Beautiful Industry- Keep Ernestina Sailing?

I was at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum where I spotted this “Keep Ernestina Sailing” sticker.  That must be one old sticker because it’s been a while as far as I can tell since that beautiful old sled has been under sail.