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Ernestina's Many Lives

 
 
<i>Ernestina's</i> Many Lives Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
1. Ernestina's Many Lives Marker
Inscription. 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
 
Erected by National Parks Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location.
<i>Ernestina's</i> Many Lives Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
2. Ernestina's Many Lives Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph (used as the background picture for the marker), showing the Ernestina on an Arctic expedition.
41° 38.042′ N, 70° 55.259′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on MacArthur Drive south of Elm Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located in the downtown area, along the waterfront, in the vicinity of the New Bedford Harbor, Ferry Terminal. Marker is in this post office area: New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel George Claghorn (here, next to this marker); Cape Verde to New Bedford (a few steps from this marker); Lost Lightship Sailors Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Whaling's Final Days (within shouting distance of this marker); Merrill's Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); From Whales to Bales (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commonwealth of Toil (about 300 feet away); The Dartmouth (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Bedford.
 
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<i>Ernestina's</i> Many Lives Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
3. Ernestina's Many Lives Marker
View of the marker looking south along the waterfront walkway.
<i>Ernestina's</i> Many Lives Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
4. Ernestina's Many Lives Marker
View of the marker looking east towards the docking area that belongs to the Ernestina whenever the ship is in the port of New Bedford.
<i>Ernestina's</i> Many Lives Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
5. Ernestina's Many Lives Marker
Wherever the Schooner Ernestina is docked in the port city of New Bedford, this is a view of where it would be docked.
<i>Ernestina's</i> Many Lives Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
6. Ernestina's Many Lives Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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