- Willi Bank
Willi joined the ERNESTINA as Captain in
1999, though this was not his first
experience onboard. Initially
signing on in 1991, Willi served as the
Engineer and Mate on a program, which
took the ship from the Gulf of Maine to
the Caribbean. He continued to work
onboard intermittently until 1999, when
he took on one of the two full-time
captain positions. When not onboard
running the ship, Willi oversees the
Ernestina Compound which
consists of the shore-side workshop and
maintenance facilities. In
addition, he directs and manages the
winter maintenance and yard projects.
Willi has a wealth of experience working
on the water, on vessels including the
ACOUSTIC PIONEER, BOWDOIN, CORWITH
CRAMER, LETTIE G. HOWARD, JOHN M.
KINGSBURY and the WESTWARD. In
addition, Willi has worked on a number of
shipbuilding and restoration projects
including the schooner ALABAMA, AJ
MEERWALD and the LETTIE G.
In college, Willi studied Ichthyology,
Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems. With a
BA in Natural Science from University of
Pennsylvania, and other marine related
course work from Universities of New
Hampshire and California, Willi is a
valuable educator, as well as shipwright
and captain for ERNESTINA.
- Amanda Madeira
Since coming onboard the ERNESTINA in
1994, Amanda has played a critical role
in developing the Ernestinas
programs through a period of tremendous
growth, both programmatically and
operationally. She possesses remarkable
skills as an educator, which she gained
through years of training and
professional experience with programs
onboard ADVENTURESS, ANNE KRISTINE,
BOWDOIN, CORWITH CRAMER, HARVEY GAMAGE,
HIGHLANDER SEA, OCEAN STAR, REGINA MARIS,
TOLE MOUR, and WHEN & IF.
In her current roles, Amanda not only is
responsible for running the ship when she
is onboard, but is the glue that holds
together the details that make the ship
and its programs run smoothlyfrom
keeping track of all the parts and
purchases, to hiring the crew and helping
with budget development.
While working towards a degree at
Hampshire College, Amanda became
especially interested in salt marsh
ecology, and did extensive field work in
southeastern New England. Amanda is also
one of ERNESTINAs active
visual artists, having received an Arts
degree from Montserrat College of Art as
- Sophia Morse
Sophie joined ERNESTINA as a mate in
1996. As a native of Massachusetts,
she has spent most of her life onboard
boats, and has worked professionally on
sail-training and educational vessels
including the ADVENTURESS, CORWITH
CRAMER, RACHEL B. JACKSON and WESTWARD,
as well as experience driving the MV
CORMORANT and MV OUTWARD BOUND. She took
on the role of Chief Mate in 1999, Relief
Captain in 2000, and in the fall of 2002 joined the administrative staff in
operations, in addition to being one of
the full-time captains.
Sophie holds a MS in Environmental and
Natural Resource Economics, as well as a
BA in Marine Affairs and Russian, both
from the University of Rhode Island.
While there, she focused her research on
the impact of wildlife protection regimes
on arctic and sub-arctic native populations. While project coordinator for
the Smithsonian Institution archeological
summer expeditions, Sophie sailed onboard
RV PITSIULAK, a 50 research vessel
on the Labrador Coast and Frobisher Bay, NWT. Sophie seeks a second career in
massage therapy, and in her spare time
from ERNESTINA is working towards a
certificate at the Boston Shiatsu School
in Cambridge, MA.
- Douglas Nemeth
- Relief Captain
Doug returned to ERNESTINA in the Fall of
2003 to fill in as Captain.
He has extensive experience on the ocean, holding an
Ocean Masters of any gross tons license, a First Class Pilots
license, and 1600 ton Master of Ocean Aux Sail.
He is a member of International Organization of
Masters, Mates and Pilots, sailing US Flag vessels since 1979,
and has worked on over 20 different container ships in a
variety of positions. As
well, he has numerous days sailing onboard vessels like GRACE
BAILEY, MERCANTILE, STAD AMSTERDAM, CLEARWATER, PICTON CASTLE,
SPIRIT OF MASSACHUSETTS, WESTWARD, CORWITH CRAMER, PRIDE OF
BALTIMORE II, HARVEY GAMAGE, SYLVINA BEAL, RACHAEL and
EBENEZER, MISTRESS, GAZELA of Philadelphia, and REGINA MARIS.
Doug has captained ERNESTINA previously both in the
full time and relief capacity.
Doug also has helped build a number of vessels
including the OYSTER SLOOP CHRISTEEN, SPIRIT OF MASSACHUSETTS,
and small traditional wooden boats at the Phoenix Boat-shop.
Doug graduated from State University of
New York Maritime College with a BS in Meteorology and
Oceanography. He attended the University of Rhode Island’s Marine Affairs
Program, receiving his Masters Degree.
And he has participated in numerous training courses at
the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies and
Pacific Maritime Institute.
When not on the water, Doug can be found teaching at
SUNY Maritime College, department of Continuing Ed, or riding
- Steve Kirk
- Relief Mate/Onboard Program Coordinator
Steve first joined the ERNESTINA crew as
Deckhand in the summer of 2001, a recent graduate of the
University of Vermont with a BA in Geography and Business
in College, he participated in the Sea Education Association
course in nautical science, oceanography, and maritime
studies, and sailed onboard the CORWITH CRAMER. In 2002, Steve
returned to the ERNESTINA to begin the season as an AB, then
stepping up to the challenging position of Onboard Program
Coordinator part-way through.
Steve holds a Wilderness First Responder
Certification, and has four additional years of teaching
experience at the Wild Harbor Yacht Club, for all levels from
beginner to racing team.
In addition to his time on ERNESTINA, Steve has sailed
onboard the CORWITH CRAMER as Mate, and onboard the Schooner
WESTWARD as Deckhand.
returns to ERNESTINA in 2003 to help fill temporarily vacant
positions of Mate and Onboard Program Coordinator.
With his outgoing personality and tremendous sense of
humor, Steve continues to make a great addition to the crew!
- Patrick Merrill
- Relief Onboard Program Coordinator
Patrick returned to Schooner ERNESTINA in
the Fall of 2003 to fill in for a number of trips as Onboard
Program Coordinator. He
had previously worked most of the 2001 season as an AB.
Patrick also sailed as a Program Coordinator and
Educator/Deckhand onboard the Schooner ADVENTURESS, and
participated in the Sea Education Association’s course in
Nautical Science, Oceanography and Maritime studies, spending
6-weeks sailing the CORWITH CRAMER.
received his BA in Environmental Studies and a BS in Marine
Biology from Northeastern University. In addition to his experience working as an educator/sailor,
he participated in the Northeastern Co-op program, working as
an Educational & Administrative Aide at the Lawrence
Elementary School. He
has also been as a Peer Tutor and as a researcher for a law
enjoys spending his free time repairing and riding bicycles
and doing theatre/comedy improve.
Rhonda J. Moniz joined the Schooner Ernestina
in the 2003 season as an Onboard Program Coordinator.
Growing up in New Bedford, and having spent much of her
career in the ocean as an open water scuba diving instructor and
teaching marine awareness at local universities, Rhonda’s work
onboard Ernestina seemed like a most natural fit.
In addition to her work as a dive instructor
Rhonda has extensive experience as an underwater videographer and
cinematographer. She has shot both topside and underwater with
numerous formats, including 16mm, 35mm and digital video, and at
locations throughout the world. Most recently, Rhonda has worked as
DP and Stunt Coordinator on both documentary and feature films and
has provided consulting services for the companion website to the
PBS series Evolution.
Other projects include work on the companion websites for NOVA and This
Old House, The IMAX film Life
in the Balance and The
Environmental Series for The New Mexico Museum of Natural
History, and feature films including: Gentleman
from Boston, Operator, MIO VIO, Waste Basket,
The Stranglers Wife, Fem Vitae and the upcoming
has worked with fire and police departments in underwater search and
rescue training and is a trained stuntwoman. Her stunt training and
background includes, high falls, fire, martial arts, armed combat,
unarmed combat, stair-falls, precision driving, sailing and
extensive underwater work as well as ice climbing rappelling and
mountaineering. Rhonda holds an undergraduate degree in Business
Management and is currently pursuing a Graduate degree in
Philanthropy and Media. She holds a wildlife rehabilitation license
and has received her Master SCUBA Diving Instructor rating.
- Kristen Sharpless
- Onboard Program Coordinator
Kristen joined the ERNESTINA crew in
September 2002, as a deckhand, and returned through June of
the 2003 season as one of the Onboard Program Coordinators.
With serious dedication to teaching and making learning fun
experience as a volunteer on the JOLLY ROVER II, and as an
apprentice on MYSTIC WHALER, Kristen eagerly brought her
professional teaching experience onboard sailing vessels doing
Kristen graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in
Biology. She obtained her secondary biology-teaching
certificate, and has been both a student and substitute
teacher in the Philadelphia school system. She has
worked with City-Sail as an educator, teaching team-building
skills, sail-theory, water science including river wildlife,
weather navigation, plankton, and water quality. Kristen has
also been a program coordinator for an urban 4-H gardening
an avid outdoors person and traveler, Kristen has backpacked
in woods across the Northeast United States. She has
also traveled and volunteered her time in Europe, Africa, and
in South and Central America.
- Onboard Program Coordinator
Gretchen joined the Schooner Ernestina in July
2003, as an Onboard Program Coordinator. Growing up in Maine,
Gretchen spent much of her youth sailing, and loves using boats as a
teachable classroom. She
began her professional career as Sailor/Educator at the Agamenticus
Yacht Club in York, Maine as an instructor and worked her way up to
become the Head Instructor. She has also worked as a Mate for Sail Caribbean, a Deckhand
for Sea Education Association, and as Captain of the CARLYN for
Salish Sea Expeditions.
Gretchen earned her Bachelors degree in English
and Geography from Middlebury College, where she focused on early
exploration literature and the impact early maps and writing had on
the perceptions and control of America.
While studying, Gretchen earned her teaching certificate for
elementary education with an endorsement for secondary earth
science, and has spent time substitute teaching in public schools.
She started an outdoor leadership program for 5th
graders through the Middlebury College Mountain Club, and has also
lead field-trips for the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.
Gretchen hopes to return to school one day as a teacher of
personal interests’ revolved around being outside and she enjoys
working with groups to foster teamwork and leadership skills. In addition to sailing and teaching, Gretchen personally
enjoys running, hiking, skiing, kayaking, traveling, or anything
else that keeps her out-of-doors and on the move!!
- Jay Amster
As a recent graduate of Northeaster University, with a BS in
Business and a BA in Music Literature, Jay joined the
ERNESTINA, in September to finish the 2002 season, as an AB.
He returns to this role for the entire season of 2003.
Jay’s other shipboard experience includes participating in
the Sea Education Association course in nautical science,
oceanography, and maritime studies, where he sailed in CORWITH
CRAMER. He also worked as a Deckhand on the ROBERT C. SEAMAN’s.
hopes to one day pursue a master’s degree in music
education, having studied the trumpet for 12 years. He has also been a guest conductor of the Northeastern
University Concert Band, most recently conducting at his
commencement ceremony in June 2002.
- Ken Cabral
- Relief Steward
Retired from a career in law enforcement,
Ken is now spends his time as a visual
artist. He helps to coordinate the
interests and energies of
ERNESTINAs artistic friends, and
pursues funding to organize artistic
activities with the arts communities
within ERNESTINA's ports of call.
Ken is a graduate of Boston School of
Fine Arts and Bryant Colleges Law
Enforcement Program. He participated in
the Community Gardening Program at URI
and the Management Program at Johnson and
Ken brings all his talents together on
ERNESTINA: supervising the galley,
presenting fine meals, serving as an
excellent teacher, especially in programs
for youth. And, he draws on
wonderful contacts and resources for
ERNESTINAs festival events through
his connections in Rhode Islands
- Ben Carlson
Ben aka Bengineer aka Gingerbeer aka
Gingerbeard or best known as Sailor Ben joined the ERNESTINA on a
Thursday in 2003, just in time for dinner.
Ben’s first taste of being on the water
aboard a sailing vessel began at the age of seven, when he mail
ordered his first boat from inside the back cover of Boy’s Life
continued his life afloat, after finishing his college education
from New Mexico State University, when, instead of renting an
apartment, he purchased a 34’ Kneasse Brothers Trawler to live
This experience as well as others proved to
be enough to land Ben his first job in the Tall Ship industry, as
he was hired by the HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN to be the engineer and
master gunner. He has
worked onboard the LADY WASHINTON as ship’s engineer, as well as
one of the shipwrights during the rebuild of the 1959 RIVA TRITONE,
as boat originally owned by Rita Hayworth.
Ben volunteered his time at the Minnesota Transportation
Museum, as an engineer mate- operating the engine of the turn of
the century steam ship ferry.
In addition, Ben has dabbled in many
professions including Piano Technician, Projector operator for a
film society, Deckhand aboard a salmon fishing boat, Jeweler and
metal-smith, Substitute Teacher in the New Mexico Public Schools,
and Yard Worker at a marine center. One
of Ben’s most active hobbies is restore vintage automobiles, of
which he has had over 30 projects he has completed.
Ben had to depart the ERNESTINA one Tuesday in May to head back
out west, as he was hired previously to work the rest of the 2003
season onboard the LYNX. At
least he stayed for lunch.
- Adam Clark
Once upon a time, not so very long ago, an eleven-fingered boy
was born in California. His parents had the extra finger removed immediately
because they feared he would grow up a freak. It didn't work quite as well
as they had hoped....
Things started off normally enough for the boy. He played sports, had
friends, and went to school like all the other kids. Baseball was
favorite, as Will Clark was his hero, but he also played
basketball, soccer, and even football.
When he turned thirteen, things began to change. He started
music and soon stumbled upon a strange and wonderful sound that
emanated from a band called the Hateful Dread. The tones from his new found
passion resonated, leaving an odd feeling in his left pinky that
the boy could not ignore. Slowly,
sports became less of a priority, as new and captivating bands
increasingly sparked his attention. They drew him to concerts and
music festivals not-so far and wide, and he met magnificent
faeries, minstrels and muses in his adventures.
He also learned of a school in Portland, Oregon called Reed
College where he sought (and still seeks) lessons from learned scholars in the
At Reed, the boy met a traveler/student who told him of
adventures she had on sailing ships with the Sea Education
Association. Feeling the tides of the sea pulling him, the boy
found himself on a boat sailing across the Pacific.
And that began a magical and mystical journey through
islands, past stars, and back in time.
He has spent the last year (2003) on such sailing vessels as
the HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAN and the LYNX in California, and Schooner
ERNESTINA in New Bedford, MA
all while completing requirements towards a degree in the
history of alchemy and serving on the Student Senate of Elders at
Reed. This boy is
- Traudi Coli
Traudi’s background is quite extensive. She was
born in Berlin, Germany, grew up in Austria, spent seven
years in the Middle East and Africa, and has lived in the
United States since 1973. She studied art in France spent
time at Rhode Island College focusing on African and
Afro/American studies, specializing in Cape Verdean
research. In 1987, she acquired an MBA in Health Care
Administration at Bryant College and an MA in Anthropology
at Rhode Island College.
Since the 1980’s, Traudi has researched many aspects
of Cape Verdean culture and history. She co-authored
with Dr. Richard Lobban, a short history of Cape Verdeans
in Rhode Island, for the Cape Verdean Subcommittee of the
Rhode Island Heritage Commission, as well as several other
articles on Cape Verdeans. And, she worked with
Marlene Lopes and Richard Lobban to establish the Cape
Verdean Studies Collection at Rhode Island College. Traudi
was awarded the Paul Cuffee Memorial Fellowship
for the Study of Minorities in American Maritime History
by the Frank C. Munson Institute of Maritime Studies at
the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Traudi has been intimately involved with the ERNESTINA
since the ship’s transfer from the Cape Verde Islands to
the United States. She has compiled an extensive
archive of written and photographed materials, detailing
the Ernestina’s history. Encouraged to continue
her research on the Cape Verdean packet trade and
Ernestina’s role in it, Traudi is currently building a
unique relational database to document this great period
of Cape Verdean migration. Traudi is fluent in eight
languages including Crioulo and Portuguese.
Pierre signed onto ERNESTINA in August of 2003,
bringing with him over 20 years of culinary experience.
He has worked at a number of restaurants and café’s
including the Ground Round, McDonald’s, Kate’s Deli and Café,
Rosebud Café and the Basin Harbor Club.
He has also had extensive tall-ship cooking experience, on
vessels like- HARVEY GAMAGE, TOLE MOUR, SPIRIT OF MASSACHUSETTS,
OCEAN STAR, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II, WESTWARD, CORWITH CRAMER, BRIG
NIAGRA, CALIFORNIAN and the EYE OF THE WIND. It was quite an easy turn-over to give Pierre the galley, and
let him run with it.
has also worked a number of other jobs.
He has a fairly regular position returning to Stowe
Mountain Resort, where he is the Manager of the rent/repair shop.
He has also worked at Smuggler’s Notch, Middlebury
College Snow Bowl as a ski mechanic and assistant manager of the
ski shop. In addition
to his time on the mountains, Pierre has worked as an office
manager, front desk clerk for an Inn, and has a number of years as
a roofer. Pierre
graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, with a BA in Economic
- Chris Deely
Chris joined the ERNESTINA crew in September
2003. Though he proved
to be an excellent crew member, Chris believed he didn’t really
“work” for ERNESTINA, but felt he mostly stood around with a big
smile on his face, and make distracting small talk while posing for
photographs. He has
traveled and lived in New Zealand, Australia, the Cook Islands,
Germany, Norway, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Chris is an avid backpacker, mountaineer and rock climber.
He has spent the past two summers leading trips for Adventure
Treks in Washington State and California.
it took Chris nearly 6 years to complete his BA degree in Studio
Art, he swears that happened because he loved it so much.
He had focused in Geology early on, but later switched to
cabinet making, photography and book binding.
Chris participated in the Sea Education Association’s
course in Nautical Science, Oceanography and Maritime studies, and
sailed onboard the CORWITH CRAMER.
He has also worked on the SPIRIT OF NEW ZEALAND, and was a
shipwright’s apprentice on the GAZELA.
He is Scuba certified, holds a Wilderness First Responder and
is an Eagle Scout. Chris
loves coconut custard pie, sled dogs and his down comforter.
- Erin Deering
Erin joined the ERNESTINA crew as a
Deckhand in January 2003, when she came aboard to help out with
the winter yard. After
offering to cook for the crew during the season’s start-up,
and being taken seriously, she moved below deck to become
Steward for April- June 2003.
Erin was born and lived most of her life in
Racine WI. She
began her sailing career when “these strange things called
tall-ships” sailed into the port in 1998.
Instantly she was enamored and found herself signing
aboard the Brig NIAGARA as a volunteer for what was to be three
weeks. It was 8
weeks later that Erin returned home, as NIAGARA went off to
shipyard. For the next season, though Erin was prepared to
rejoin NIAGARA as a volunteer, she happily accepted the position
of Deckhand, when the offer came in.
That fall she married fellow crew member, Jed Deering,
and the following spring gave birth to Tristan, who came out a
whopping 8lbs 12oz
After working 1 ½ years as an
administrative assistant in the NIAGARA’s office, Erin, Jed
and Tristan moved east to join the ERNESTINA family. Erin
enjoyed her time in the ERNESTINA galley so much, then when that
position ended; she lined up another, to be Steward onboard the
- Jed Deering
- Chief Mate
Though Jed would like us to believe he was kidnapped by
gypsies at a young age and forced to join the carnival, it
is really just part of the myth and legend that makes him
Jed. Joining the crew early in the season to get to
know the ship and some of the crew, Jed participated in
ERNESTINA’s up-rig. With a prior commitment to the
US BRIG NIAGRA, Jed departed to Erie, PA for the rest of
the summer, before returning to start in the position as
ERNESTINA’s Chief Mate. Jed’s previous sailing
experience includes 5 years aboard the NIAGRA, working as
a deckhand with the HMS ROSE, and as captain on the
HERITAGE OF MIAMI II.
Jed studied engineering at SUNY-Fredonia,
and received a boat-building certificate
from Washington County Technical
College. He has his USCG License of
200-ton Near Coastal Mate and 200 ton
- Relief Steward
Martina helped us out in a real pinch.
She signed onto ERNESTINA for 12 days in the fall of 2003, as
Relief Steward giving Pierre his regularly scheduled and well
deserved time-off. Martina
came directly from a summer working onboard the Schooner ALABAMA.
She has also been steward on PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II, DENNIS
SULLIVAN, Schooner BOWDOIN and the BRIG NIAGRA.
was born in the United States, but grew up and was educated while
living in Germany. She
completed a formal three-year apprenticeship in baking, and earned
her Journeyman Baker’s certificate.
And, she has worked professionally as a baker. Three cheers to Martina, whose sincere flexibility in
scheduling and enjoyment of cooking, spoiled our crew.
- Lizzy Grubin
Described as “riveting” and “great”,
Lizzy Grubin has been captivating audiences in New Bedford and
beyond during the 2003 season.
Following in the footsteps of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”,
she has gone from an independent phenomenon to a major feature
Born in the mind of New York City’s Upper
West Side, and perfected in the halls of Bates College and in the
mountains of Colorado, this film (aka Lizzy Grubin) first gained
acclaim at the Sea Education Associations student film festival in
the spring term 2000. Based
on the overwhelming success, it was released into professional ranks
in the fall of 2001, with an exclusive showing onboard Schooner
WESTWARD. Though losing
money, it gained exposure as a “must see Deckhand”, and crossed
over to a slightly more profitable stint on the SSV CORWITH CRAMER.
Since then, the film has shown in such venues as ROBERT C.
SEAMANS, HARVEY GAMAGE, and returned briefly to the WESTWARD for an
emotional final encore performance.
Now showing on the big screen of the ERNESTINA,
Lizzy Grubin has continued to make audiences want to stand up and
cheer at her success as an AB.
Madeira and Morse give it “two thumbs up”, while Bank
calls it a “tear-jerker that tugs at the heart strings of
don’t sail, to see this instant classic for yourself, before
it’s too late!!
Eventually everyone returns to the
Heidi sailed aboard as a mate in 1998 and 1999, and
returned from the West Coast in July 2003 to sail as Mate
and enjoy plying the New England waters once again onboard
the historic ERNESTINA.
In the intervening years, Heidi has
been sailing other vessels on the Atlantic, including
CORWITH CRAMER and NOAA’s DELEWARE II, and on the
Pacific onboard TOLE MOUR, CARLYN, and others.
She has had the time to get her hands dirty in her
garden at home in Indianola, Washington and has worked as
a dessert chef, while maintaining her connection with her
“other “career as a wilderness researcher for the
Department of Interior by doing some special projects for
Olympic National Park, in Washington.
can’t decide between the water and terra firma, so she
tries to balance time on the “big blue” with time in
the “big green”.
It is great that she chooses to spend some of that
time here onboard ERNESTINA.
- Kate Huber
Kate began her culinary career onboard
ERNESTINA, when she joined the ship’s crew in June 2003.
During a three-year break from school, she decided to travel
and spend sometime sailing onboard tall-ships.
Previously, she worked onboard HARVEY GAMAGE, CLEARWATER and
the ADVENTURESS, acquiring much deck experience, but looked to
broaden her skills, giving cooking a try.
Kate also took on the role of Medical Officer, putting to
good use her training as a Wilderness EMT.
In addition, Kate has worked as an apprentice
to a sail-maker, as an on-board sailing instructor for the Evergreen
State College Sailing courses, and as an instructor for the Sail NOW
Program at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle.
is an award winning flutist, and has worked as a coach for a youth
symphony, as a private flute teacher, and as a freelance classical
flutist. Kate signed
off as cook on ERNESTINA, to pursue her higher education in the
- Anne Kittler
Since joining the ERNESTINA’s crew in late
July 2003, Anne has acquired approximately 800 new freckles.
Although she grew up in a small Massachusetts town with a
ship building history, Annie did not discover sailing until she
participated in an Outward Bound Sailing Course at Hurricane Island
Having majored in Biology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College,
Annie finds the rich diversity of ERNESTINA’s educational programs
especially interesting. She
has extensive experience working with children and teenagers, and
plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.
addition to being on the water, Annie enjoys running, playing the
flute, folk festivals, and generally playing outside.
Alison joined the ERNESTINA crew after her
brief stint as a sunglass model.
She hails from Grand Isle Vermont, where the sheriff’s name
is really “Sonny Law”. She
left small town Vermont to pursue a BS in Biology at Simmons
love for Marine Biology was pursued through the East/West Marine
Biology Program. Alison
shared her love for the ocean with others, through her work at the
Catalina Marine Institute, where she taught for three years.
While there, she spent her time jazzing students about Marine
Science, spending a “ridiculous” amount of time in the water,
and jumping out of fast moving boats.
left Catalina to the Pacific Northwest, to educate for Salish Sea
Expeditions, sailing onboard the CARLYN.
When not sailing, Alison can be found dreaming about becoming
a sea-slug, getting kids psyched about the ocean, scuba diving, and
wearing party shirts.
- Amanda Lake
- Chief Mate
joined the crew as a Mate in the beginning of the 2001 season,
and this year fills the role as one of Ernestina’s chief
mates. She came to the organization, highly recommended by Captain
Amanda Madeira, whom she had sailed with in the 1980’s. A.
Lake holds a 100-ton Near Coastal Master’s License with
auxiliary sail endorsement. In
addition to her work with ERNESTINA, Amanda’s recent
shipboard experiences include a trans-Atlantic voyage, which
involved a circumnavigation of Iceland, on the 50’
cutter-rig BRENDAN’S ISLE.
She has also skippered a classic Concordia yawl,
THISTLEDOWN, in Maine waters, and has sailed to the Arctic
Circle twice in the past decade. Her
sailing career began when she joined the crew on the R/V
REGINA MARIS, a wooden barkentine studying Humpback whales in
the Caribbean and North Atlantic.
previous professional experiences include working as the
Internship Program Coordinator for the National Audubon
Society’s Government Relations office in Washington, DC, and
doing several yacht repossessions and deliveries of vessels
reclaimed by a marine outfit in Maryland.
holds a MA degree from the Great Books Program at St. John’s
College, a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College, where
she served as President of Emerson Literary Society, and an
Associate Degree in Resource Management from Sterling College
in northern Vermont.
Kathryn is known as the “apprentice who
wouldn’t go home”. Though
her mother claims life is very good there, Kathryn, who started
the 2003 season as an apprentice on ERNESTINA, didn’t want to go
back to her land-base. She’d rather stay aboard to teach and sail.
After numerous times turning to Kathryn and asking “Are
you STILL here?” when the position of Deckhand opened up, it
seemed most logical to bring her onto the professional crew.
Now a professional sailor/educator, Kathryn
had a penchant for wearing other people’s name tags, naming her
“pet” zooplankton, and crafting many –piece geometric
Kathryn will depart ERNESTINA in Sept 2003, to pursue her
undergraduate degree at Williams College.
She hopes to focus her studies on mathematics and
had previously sailed onboard the CORWITH CRAMER, as a student of
the Sea Education Association course in Nautical Science,
Oceanography and Maritime studies.
- Liz Maloney
- Chief Mate
Departing from her
position as winter maintenance apprentice on the sloop CLEARWATER,
Liz joined ERNESTINA as Bosun and AB, at the beginning of the 2001
season. The 2002 edition of Liz Maloney had her sashaying across
the deck as a Mate, with a cool confidence of a woman in control.
And in 2003, she returns to lead the crew in the position
as one of ERNESTINA’s Chief Mates.
She has no business
suit or palm pilot, just a rigging knife and spike hanging over
her well-patched Carhartts. With
a 100 ton Masters and 200 ton Near-Coastal Mates license in her
back pocket, Liz runs her watch with an iron fist and a gentle
touch. She has worked
professionally as a deckhand and onboard WESTWARD, as well as Mate
on the CORWITH CRAMER. Her
other professional experience includes work at Cape Cod Sea Camps
and Camp Encore/Coda as a sailing instructor and head sailing
Liz holds a BA degree
in Anthropology from Brown University, during which she
participated in the Sea Education Association course in Nautical
Science, Oceanography and Maritime studies. As well, she
took a damage control course from Northeast Maritime Institute.
is an accomplished violinist, having studied since she was six and
playing in various orchestras and chamber groups, including the
Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Brown University
Orchestra. She has traveled in Europe with her family and as part
of a string ensemble, as well as spending two summers during high
school participating in environmental community service in Fiji,
Thailand and Vietnam.
- Gwen Matuszek
In an attempt to bolster the bosun position of their
line-up, ERNESTINA brought in Gwen for the 2002
season. She has been impressing fans and scouts
alike, since her days on the CORWITH CRAMER in SEA’s
student league. After that early brush with
greatness, Gwen made the decision to compete her education
before continuing her promising sailing career. She
graduated from Hamilton College in 2001, with a BA in
Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies.
Putting her political ambitions on hold, Gwen displayed
her versatility as first team steward on the CORWITH
CRAMER, and ROBERT C. SEAMAN’s. During this time, Gwen
also honed her skills as deckhand working a stint with
SOUNDWATERS, where she led the crew in NOPB’s (Number Of
In the spring of 2002, Gwen joined the ERNESTINA,
fitting into the line-up seamlessly during the up-rig and
early part of the season. Due to prior contract
obligations, she returned to the CORWITH CRAMER for her
curtain call as ship’s steward during the summer
months. Fortunately for team ERNESTINA, Gwen
returned late in the season, for the Schooner’s
Championship run. Gwen will no doubt be a force to
be reckoned with. It has been said that she has “a
natural ability with rope”, and one crewmember said, “She’s
better than Stubbs”.
Gwen has traveled in South America, the
Pacific and Australia. She is also
an accomplished runner, quilter and
spelling bee champion. She is truly
a hall-of-famer in the making.
- Alan Morse
A graduate of Cornell University, with a BA in
Biology, Alan joined the ERNESTINA as a Deckhand in the beginning of
the 2003 season. He had
been interested in sailing since he was a youngster, and was
attracted to tall-ships after participating in Sea Education
Association’s course in Nautical Science, Oceanography and
Maritime Studies. There
he sailed as a student onboard the CORWITH CRAMER.
Alan has also worked as a deckhand on the
CORWITH CRAMER and on the WESTWARD, before returning to college.
And in the Fall of 2002, we worked onboard the SULTANA.
- Overboard Swimmer
Randy is a recent graduate of the United
States Coast Guard Academy with a
Bachelor of Science degree and a minor in
dance. He served with distinction
though his years on the swim team, as
towel boy and chief goggle-defogger.
After graduating from the academy, Randy headed to New
York to break into the television acting scene. His
big break came, both literally and figuratively, when he
landed the starring role in the commercial best known by
its slogan “Don’t be a Dummy. BUCKLE UP”.
The overnight campaign made Randy an unsuspecting
Unfortunately it all came to a “crashing” end, when
one morning while nursing a brutal headache, after a
Crash-Test Dummies concert, Randy forgot to buckle up
during his shoot, and as a result dislocated both of his
hips, his knees, ankles, shoulders and a finger.
Thus ended his lucrative career.
Fortunately, due to his remarkable appeal
as a government spokesperson, Randy was
hired by the USCG, as their
man-over-board practice person.
Randy has come full circle. He now
spends much of his time in the water,
swimming for his life, harder than any of
his swim team members had to!!
- Indu Soini
Though a professional sailor for three years,
the spring of 2003 was Indu’s first time onboard the ERNESTINA. She considers herself a salty west coast sailor, and is the
latest member of the AECEP (ADVENTURES-ERNESTINA Crew Exchange
Program), having heard so much about ERNESTINA, she just had to come
out and see what all the fuss was about!
Most of Indu’s larger boat experience has
come from the many seasons she has spent onboard ADVENTURESS.
There she fulfilled many different roles. She also worked as Bosun onboard the CLEARWATER, and did a
short stint as 3rd Mate on the BOWDOIN.
Her other professional experience includes working at an
aquarium for 4 years, where she learned a lot about marine biology,
and gained a passion for all things planktonic.
has been rowing and sailing for nearly ¾ of her life.
She also enjoys drawing, sewing, opera and dying her hair
- Fred Sterner
- Chief Mate
joined the ERNESTINA in 1995. Having been a high-school
teacher of Physics, Math and Earth Sciences, as well as
vocational-technical alternative energy program, Fred brought
with him considerable experience as an educator. His
diverse background also includes being a highly skilled
carpenter and engineer; as well he worked professionally as a
sales manager and computer marketer.
is not onboard ERNESTINA, he can be found either onboard the
CORWITH CRAMER, HARVEY GAMAGE, ROBERT C. SEAMANS, SPIRIT OF
MASSACHUSETTS, WESTWARD, or his own 36ft schooner PAGAN MOON.
He also runs a brisk home-based beer kit making business (F.M.
is a past Commodore of the American Schooner Association. He
holds a BS degree in Liberal Studies from the State University
of New York, and has his 200 ton Near Coastal Auxiliary Sail
- Steve Swift
Steve joined the ERNESTINA in 1995 as a
volunteer, and has been onboard as
professional crew each season
since. He worked as deckhand, and
then took over the engineering
responsibilities. Between stints on
the ERNESTINA, Steve served on the
Schooner BILL OF RIGHTS from Norfolk, VA
to Los Angeles, CA by way of the Panama
Steves professional career has
included classroom experience as a math
and science teacher at Uxbridge High
School, and a long tenure as a Physical
Scientist for the U.S. Armys
RD&E Center, Natick, MA. Steve holds
an MS degree in Foods and Nutrition and a
BS in Textile Chemistry.
When not onboard ERNESTINA, you can often
find Steve cajun/zydeco dancing.
- Robert T. Ursusarcturis
- Ship's Winter Caretaker/Historian
Bob shares more than just his first name
with one of Ernestinas (ex-Effie
M. Morrissey) more illustrious
masters, Captain Robert A.
Bartlett. Bob Ursusarcturis
Ursusarcturis, was one of the original
Bartlett Boys. Unlike
most of the other boys who sailed the
Arctic with Captain Bartlett during
the 1920s and 30s, Carmichael was only
able to obtain a one-way passage
due south in 1940. Always the
rambunctious youth, Carmichaels
wildness was deemed untamable in the
midst of the civilized folk of New York
City, and so the first seafaring
Ursusarcturis swallowed the
anchor and lived out his days
ashore -- behind bars, in the Bronx, far
from his northern home.
Quite unlike his rowdy progenitor, Bob
has proven himself to be an extremely
well behaved and highly reliable
crewmember, and especially popular with
the younger (chronologically and
otherwise) of Ernestinas
passengers and crew. First finding
his way to the schooner world by way of a
seaside festival in the ships
homeport of New Bedford, where he was
employed to entice fair-goers into
playing carnival games of chance, Bob was
wooed away from the carnie life to a new
career aboard the Ernestina.
Once the historic connection was made,
there was no looking back. It was in the
summer of 2001 during which Bob was
brought aboard as a full-time
crewmember. Always willing to
lend a paw with whatever projects need
his help, from acting in Evening Program
skits to assisting with historic
re-enactments, Bob has played many roles
on board. As he is one of the most
soft-spoken of the ships crew, Bob
is often overlooked, but his selfless
endeavors to connect the past with the
present life of the schooner Ernestina
are always appreciated.