Monday, September 20, 2010

Essex-Built Schooner Ernestina Needs Your Voice

The Essex-built schooner Ernestina - a forum about her future

We had a request from the good people of New Bedford and the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association to let people know about an important forum to discuss the future of our national historic landmark the Ernestina. As some of you know, in 2008/09 Harold was involved in a massive re-build of the Ernestina's front section but the stern is still in need of a lot of repair as well as the cost of ongoing operations. The forum - to be held on Saturday, October 30 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum offers a great chance to get momentum going and also take a moment to have some input on the future of Ernestina. Here is some of the pertinent info.

Ernestina Forum

The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association is holding a forum to discuss Ernestina's future and seeks:
· People from a broad array of constituencies interested in working together in the interest of the Ernestina's future;
· New ideas to help keep the ship sailing;
· Inspired individuals ready to describe how their ideas can be organized into plans to sustain the ship's restoration and operation.

Saturday, October 30th
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Barbara (Monteiro) Burgo
Kristen Sarkarati


The Schooner Ernestina Commission
The MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc
P.O. Box 2995
New Bedford, MA 02741


  1. Thanks Harold.

    We are especially interested in people's ideas about how they would like to use the Ernestina or see her used by others. She was used for a variety of activities after her return from Cape Verde. We seek ideas for a mix that will be worthy of her history, exciting, and will bring forth the support she needs.

    Fair winds.

  2. Congrats Harold in getting the frames up. The Pinky is looking good. Also hope the Ernestina meeting goes well. She is a wonderful ship. Check out the Maine project I have been working on this summer at
    Love the Blog-
    Patti Irish