Ernestina's Many Lives

Ernestina's Many Lives (HM1MKR)

Location: New Bedford, MA 02740 Bristol County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 38.042', W 70° 55.259'

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Docked across from you (when not at sea as a sail training and education vessel), Ernestina is one of the oldest wooden sailing vessels afloat. The ship is also one of the last surviving Gloucester fishing schooners, one of only two remaining vessels that explored the Arctic under sail, and the last sailing ship that carried immigrants across the Atlantic to this country.

Built in 1894 as Effie M. Morrissey, the schooner first fished on the Grand Banks for cod, mackerel, and haddock. From 1926 to 1946 the vessel explored the Arctic for museums, zoos, and scientific groups.

In 1948 Cape Verdean native Henrique Mendes refitted and renamed the schooner Ernestina and ran supplies and passengers regularly between the Cape Verde Islands and the U.S. In 1982 the newly independent nation of Cape Verde presented Ernestina to the people of the United States in recognition of the longstanding ties between the two countries.

All I want is the strength to go in my little schooner, for that is all I have and when she stops so do I.
Captain Bob Bartlett, quoted in The New York Times, June 20, 1938
Placed ByNational Parks Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 339996 N 4610927
Decimal Degrees41.63403333, -70.92098333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 38.042', W 70° 55.259'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 38' 2.52" N, 70° 55' 15.54" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 66 MA-18, New Bedford MA 02740, US
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