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.
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 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.
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.
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 you are in the greater New Bedford area and care about America’s rich maritime heritage, you should attend and participate.