|During the winter
of 86/87 the schooner was covered and
winterized and work continued to complete midships
structural improvements with knees and bulkheads
installed by Thomas Berndt Ship repairers. The
application was submitted to U.S. Coast Guard by Capt.
Dan Moreland for certification as a Sailing School Vessel
(Subchapter R of the Code of Federal
Regulations regarding Vessel Certification) with
technical support from Ernestinas naval
architect, Dan Blachly and Providence Coast Guard.
Dan Blachly is well known for his outstanding work to restore and make operational many historic sailing vessels including Ernestina, Bowdoin, Lettie G. Howard, Bounty, Friendship and more.... We appreciate his great efforts and his passion.
Ernestina couldnt pass up trip: an article in the Standard-Times by Nancy Drucker, June 19, 1987:
The Ernestina traveled roughly 3,000 miles on the year by the time she reached Milwaukee, Wisconsin to be the featured attraction in the Milwaukee Maritime Days. She had been a crowd pleaser during her five-day stay in Milwaukee, welcoming on her decks up to 5,000 people per day and profiled in the media frequently. Other ports during the Great Lakes Tour included Montreal & Quebec City, Kingston & Toronto, Ontario, Clayton, NY, Traverse City, Detroit & Holland, Michigan, Halifax and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. In the photo (above right) Laurie Moon comes aboard during the tour. Laurie has been instrumental in the development of the Heritage State Park in New Bedford which was the precursor to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park later designated in 1996.
WHALE, under the direction of Therese Kelly, director, undertook the second phase of a fundraising campaign called "History Under Sail" to develop $500,000 to achieve Coast Guard certification in the spring of 1987. With the backing of Governor Michael Dukakis, Senator William Q. MacLean and Mayor John K. Bullard, campaign co-chairs John B. Cruz and Margaret Xifaras along with Robert MacGregor, Robert Saltmarsh, Laurie Miller Bullard, Joe Cardozo, Lee V. Charlton, Robert Alves, Thomas Bucar, Carleton Burr, Austen Colgate, Thomas Flynn, Betsy Shure Gross, and Fred Littleton were successful in securing an Executive Office of Environmental Affairs appropriation of $449,000 and driving the fundraising effort to completion by early 1988.
In spring, 1987, Governor Michael S. Dukakis wrote,
On October 8, 1987 the National Trust for Historic Preservation honored Schooner Ernestina and Captain Daniel Moreland for their "outstanding commitment to excellence in historic preservation." The Ernestina was one of 15 winners of the annual Preservation Honor Awards, selected from more than 100 entries across the country. The awards were presented during the National Trusts 41st National Preservation Conference in Washington, D.C. Capt. Moreland was nominated for the award by New Bedford Mayor John K. Bullard and seconded by U.S. Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry and U.S. Congressman James M. Jeffords. Citing the "excellence of workmanship and authenticity of the restoration," NTNP President J. Jackson Walter presented the award to Capt. Moreland and commission members Robert Alves, Candida Howcroft, Carolyn OConnor and Antone Silva.