The year 2000 was a very active one beginning with a maritime heritage festival and after-school programs, a multitude of public school programs and Tall Ship events. Some of the many press articles are shown below. An extensive overview is found in the several editions of Log of a Record Run published during the year. They are linked from the outreach page.

This year 7,500 school children were served along with 363 teachers. The ship traveled approximately 5,500 miles.

The Maritime Heritage Festival involved many partners and presenters
on the waterfront and in the historic district in New Bedford.

Mayor Fred Kalisz receives a model of Ernestina in thanks
for his support for the Invest in Kids program.

In 2000 Schooner Ernestina transited the Eastern Seaboard as part of the OpSail and TallShips events ranging from the northern Chesapeake to Halifax, Nova Scotia. An extensive overview is found in the Summer edition of the Log of a Record Run linked from the Outreach page.

Stops included Wilmington, Philadelphia, Asbury Park, Yonkers, Jersey City, New York City, New Bedford, Onset, Boston, Yarmouth (NS), Halifax, Lunenburg, Portland, Gloucester and Salem.

The Boston Globe featured a great graphic describing the ship's varied history
during Sail Boston 2000. Great visibility for Ernestina!

Taking a break during the Halifax event on the bowsprit of Ernestina.

Laurie Weitzen was recognized in a feature article in the Standard-Times

EOEA Secretary Bob Durand announced Buzzard Bay's designation
as a "No Discharge Zone" from the foredeck of Ernestina.

The After-School Program Goes to New York!

In July 2000, just prior to the Parade of Sail in New York Harbor, the first annual "Ships to Save the Waters" (StStW) Conference was held thanks to the inspiration of Pete Seeger (being interviewed in image to the right) who envisioned a venue for networking water-based programs, sharing environmental educational methodologies and exposing the work of these ships to the public-at-large. Schooner A.J. Meerwald, Sloop Clearwater and Schooner Ernestina (Clearwater is alongside Ernestina in image below) organized and hosted the event along with sponsorship from the Liberty State Park Development Corporation in Jersey City, New Jersey.

A vision statement was developed: "The waters of the world are precious. Traditional sailing vessels are magical places where waters share their secrets and expose our vulnerability. StStW brings these special vessels together, broadcasts their message and recruits new stewards for sustainable, healthy world waters for this and future generations." Madame Francine Cousteau, president of The Cousteau Society, was the keynote speaker along with Luis Garden Acosta of El Puente Academy.

Island Foundation Funds Internships

Thanks to a three-year $20,000 grant from the Island Foundation, Schooner Ernestina will now be able to build a strong internship program involving young people of the Greater New Bedford area while creating interpretive elements for our museum space and serving the community in other ways. Several individuals have come to work as interns this year so far. Their bios follow:

Rebeca Torres is in the History Museum Studies Program at Cooperstown Graduate Program and comes to Schooner ERNESTINA thanks to a grant from the Island Foundation. ERNESTINA and the New Bedford Historical Society are working jointly on a Cape Verdean Immigration Internship for ten weeks this summer to look at immigration patterns and factors of Cape Verdean residence in Greater New Bedford drawing from the censuses of the late 19th and early 20th century. Products will include a database and set of maps with graphic representations of the data.

Patricia Rodrigues recently graduated from New York University with a B.A. in History. She has studied at NYU in Paris, France and has related experiences researching archival materials in Praia, Cape Verde and organizing a conference in Ethiopia. She is fluent in Crioulo, Portuguese and some French and Spanish. Patricia comes to ERNESTINA as a graduate intern helping us build an interactive interpretive display focusing on the Cape Verdean packet trade for our 89 North Water Street facility. She recorded several interviews and created Ernestina’s first on-line audio resources that we hope will help visitors to the site develop an understanding of Cape Verdean cultural and maritime stories. Please see http://www.ernestina.org/history/index.html and follow the link from there.

Calvin Arterberry is back again this year as intern for the summer helping us with everything from educational programs to shaving our newly acquired timber to remove the bark for ultimate construction of bowsprit and gaffs. He is a student at New Bedford High School.

Edison DaCosta and Jonathan DaCosta are brothers who are at New Bedford High School and came to help ERNESTINA for the summer. Whether aboard from time to time or ashore, we can count on them to be there and do a great job! They help with programs as well as the maintenance of the ship. Edison is back for his third year.

Randy Post-Maher – Randy began this season as a volunteer during the re-rigging of the ship in March and April. She is a Dartmouth home-school high school junior and came aboard for 4 weeks in May. She participated in numerous day sails and worked with the crew to prepare the ship for the sailing season.

Eva Morris Presenting a Donation to Tom Goux 
for the After-School Programs
with Bill and Irene Morin looking on.

Administrative Staff
 Tom Goux,
Public Program Director
 Amanda Madeira, Captain/Operations Director
 Annie McDowell, Accountant
 Andrea Parrish, Experiential Education Specialist
 Gregg Swanzey, Executive Director

2000 Program Staff
 William Bank,
 Ken Cabral, Relief Steward
 Monika Bang-Campbell, Relief Steward
 Laurie Belisle, Mate
 Scott Cann, Mate
 Waltraud Coli, Anthropologist
 Seth Goodwin, Mate
 Samantha Gordon, Deckhand
 Margaret Graustein, AB Certificate
 Samantha Heyman, Mate
 Carl Herzog, Mate
 Jonathan Kabak, Mate
 Caleb McClennen, Mate
 Michael McDevitt, AB Certificate
 Mary Anne McQuillan, Educator/Deckhand
 Crista Mellican, Shipboard Program Coordinator
 Douglas Miller, Deckhand
 Sophie Morse, Chief Mate & Relief Captain
 Inette Rex, Shipboard Program Coordinator
 Tara Roesberg, Relief Cook/Deckhand
 Chelsea Ruben, Deckhand
 Erica Sachs, Mate
 Ben Searl, Deckhand
 Neal Shluker, Mate
 Gordon Sims, Mate
 Fred Sterner, Mate
 Michael Stewart, Deckhand
 Stephen Swift, Engineer
 Laurie Weitzen, Steward
 Polly Zajac, Shore-based Program Coordinator

2000 Interns
 Calvin Arterberry
 Peter Berger
 Edison and Jonathan DaCosta
 Anne Gjelsvik
 Sarah Maddocks
 Gabe Miranda
 Randy Post-Maher
 Jessica Pulver
 Patricia Rodrigues
 Rebeca Torres
 Jeremiah Wooley

For more stories please follow the link to the newsletter from the outreach page...

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