New Bedford in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Ernestina's Many Lives
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 Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Bedford.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 6, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.