Bourne, Sandwich and Wareham, Massachusetts News


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5/22/2023 2:48:45 PM General

Massachusetts Maritime Academy to Welcome SSV Ernestina-Morrissey – Thursday, June 15

Media representatives and the public are invited to join Massachusetts Maritime Academy for the SSV Ernestina-Morrissey homecoming event, Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay.

The vessel will have arrived prior to the event and will be docked at the Academy’s pier.

The event is free and open to the media and public. To secure a spot as the Academy officially welcomes the SSV Ernestina-Morrissey home register at Registration will close on June 9 or once capacity is reached.


The Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey was built in 1894 at the James and Tarr Shipyard for the Gloucester fishing fleet. As well as being a fishing vessel, over the course of her long history she sailed to within 600 miles of the North Pole, and later brought immigrants to the U.S.  Returned to the US in 1982 as a gift from the newly independent Cape Verdean people, she sailed as an educational vessel until 2005. Over the past several months, the two-masted tall ship has been refurbished and is now ready to undertake her newest commission as a sailing school vessel for students at the Academy.


Massachusetts Maritime Academy now focuses the efforts of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey on undergraduate sail-training and leadership training for cadets, K-12 STEM programming, and community outreach and awareness within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. These three pillars will look to ensure the legacy of Ernestina-Morrissey as an educational asset for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Massachusetts Maritime Academy

101 Academy Drive

Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts


Thursday, June 15, 2023                            3:30 – 6:00 p.m. with welcoming remarks at 4:00


For additional information, please contact Nicole Hales at or 617-947-7983.