These were the words of New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang at the recent full day event charting a course for the schooner Ernestina.
It seems that the general consensus from the event is that it will take a public/private partnership to keep Ernestina afloat. The key will be to find leadership that will be able to bring together all of the various, diverse, interested parties. The cost of rehabilitating her is between $3 – 5 million. A tall order for a tall ship.
Here’s a brief post event write up by Dan McDonald for the New Bedford Standard Times. Hundreds mull future of Schooner Ernestina Oct. 31, 2010.