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 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.

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.

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 the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting an event to help chart a future course for the Schooner Ernestina. For more information, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page.

In honor of the grand old girl, this is Schooner Ernestina week on Sea-Fever. Navigate back here frequently and check out all of the posts!

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 30th the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting an event to help chart a future course for another worthy cause, the Schooner Ernestina. For more information, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page.

What’s your Vision for Ernestina?

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

The event is being held on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the  New Bedford Whaling Museum. Pre-registration is requested. Visit the Sail Ernestina website for more information.

Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association Facebook page.

This week, I’m dedicating a boatload of posts to the amazing Ernestina. If you want to guest post, let me know.