Schooner Ernestina – “A once in the lifetime opportunity to preserve our history”

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 … Continue reading Schooner Ernestina – “A once in the lifetime opportunity to preserve our history”

Schooner Ernestina: Great video of most recent work by Boothbay Harbor Shipyard

Here’s a great video by the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard about their most recent Ernestina project. They also kept an interesting online Shipyard Log of their Ernestina work.

Help Schooner Ernestina Set Sail Again – Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Bedford Standard Times report and my friend Don Cuddy wrote a good overview of what’s going to take place on Saturday at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Supporters to meet to chart future of troubled Ernestina (Oct. 27, 2010) For more information and to register for the event, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page. … Continue reading Help Schooner Ernestina Set Sail Again – Saturday, October 30, 2010

Great Explorers Need Great Ships: Captain Bob Bartlett and the Schooner Ernestina

Okay, this video quality is really terrible but it’s still worth watching. Captain Bob Bartlett was an arctic explorer extraordinaire and the Schooner Ernestina (Effie M. Morrissey) was one of the great ships that made it all happen. You’ll catch some glimpses of her in this video.

Schooner Ernestina 2002 Casualty Presentation by Captain Sophie Morse at the 2003 ASTA Conference (video)

Schooner Ernestina has “educated” a lot of young people and few older ones over the years. Here’s a video of Captain Sophie Morse’s presentation at the 2003 Safety Under Sail Forum at the ASTA Conference. For professional sail trainers and mariners of all kinds, there’s a lot to learn from it. On Saturday, October 30th … Continue reading Schooner Ernestina 2002 Casualty Presentation by Captain Sophie Morse at the 2003 ASTA Conference (video)

Sail Her Home (The Schooner Ernestina Song) by the Rum Soaked Crooks

Here’s a beautiful song that was written sung by the Rum-Soaked Crooks about the Schooner Ernestina. It was performed at the recent Concert for the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Fund. (Please Help me Help the Seamen’s Bethel – Oct. 6, 2010) It was a fun evening with great songs for a worthy cause. On Saturday, October … Continue reading Sail Her Home (The Schooner Ernestina Song) by the Rum Soaked Crooks

What’s your Vision for Ernestina?

This Saturday, a crew of concerned citizens of Massachusetts and the greater maritime world are getting together to share their ideas about what might be the future of a ship that has more lives than a cat and more sea stories than a sailor. The schooner Ernestina is in dire need of help and if … Continue reading What’s your Vision for Ernestina?

“A First Dream Called Ocean”

Here is an awesome looking trailer for a new short film by Alyssa Swanzey.  Her last name might sound familiar to many in the sail training/tall ships world as her dad is Gregg Swanzey, the long time executive director of the Schooner Ernestina who’s also been involved with a number of different programs. Alyssa’s project … Continue reading “A First Dream Called Ocean”

Sea(cret) Santa (13 Days Left): Artful Giving

Sea(cret) Santa thinks that there is no better gift to give someone special than art and today in keeping with Sea-Fever tradition of FotoFriday, his bag is full of Fred LeBlanc’s unique maritime photographs.