Finally, the news we have been waiting for! The Ernestina-Morrissey will start her voyage from New Bedford State Pier to Boothbay Harbor approximately 7:30-9:00 am Sunday, April 12. You can follow the voyage by checking on Tug Jaguar ‘s position on-line Marine Traffic.
The ship will be passing Massachusetts Maritime Academy by late morning as she begins the passage through the Cape Cod Canal. The current will be running fast around noon and she will transit to the east end (Scusset Beach) quickly. Check postings on SEMA’s Facebook page and Twitter feed @ErnstinaMorrisy if you want to check for more specific times tomorrow or you can check Tug Jaguar’s position. Then it will be across the Gulf of Maine to Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.
The trip should take about 30 hours so Ernestina-Morrissey should arrive at the shipyard about mid-day Monday April 13.
Mary Anne McQuillan, Secretary, SEMA
About Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association
The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. (SEMA) is a 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation with the purpose of raising funds to provide for the maintenance, equipment, manning, programming and operation of Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey.
The Schooner Ernestina ex Effie M. Morrissey is the official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is part of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. She is designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Launched in 1894 as Effie M. Morrissey, the schooner is one of only six remaining schooners built in Essex, Massachusetts. She carried Gloucester and Canadian fishermen to the Grand Banks in search of cod. She carried Canadian Capt. Robert A. ‘Bob’ Bartlett with students, scientists, filmmakers and others, on 20 voyages of discovery to the frozen north. The schooner reached within 600 miles of the North Pole. She served in World War II in the U.S. Naval service in the Arctic.
As Ernestina she was the last sailing ship in regular service to bring immigrants to this country from the Cape Verde Islands. Ernestina was gifted to the people of the United States by the people of the Republic of Cape Verde (islands) in 1982. Since then, tens of thousands of children, college students, teachers, and tourists have benefited from an extensive range of educational and public programs dockside as well as under way. Ernestina has served as a platform for a broad educational experience from historical and cultural topics to science and mathematics, the environment and of course sailing. The impact of sailing on the real deal as well as the quality of these programs brought Ernestina recognition as a unique resource.
Her history is a remarkable legacy that spans continents, races and generations. And it is this legacy that the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association wishes to protect and pass on to future generations, residents of Massachusetts, the United States, and the world.