Licy Do Canto Recognized for Overseeing Ernestina-Morrissey Restoration Project

Licy Do Canto, founder and president of NEC member the Do Canto Group, was recently recognized for his work leading the restoration of the Ernestina-Morrissey, the oldest surviving Grand Banks fishing schooner.

Licy Do Canto serves as Chairman of Massachusetts’ Schooner Ernestina Commission, which is in charge of overseeing the $6.3 million historical preservation of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey. The Ernestina- Morrissey serves as the flagship vessel of the state of Massachusetts and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Officials at the DCR are looking into the possibility of utilizing the ship for educational opportunities for students, including those at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, once the restoration project is complete. Do Canto hopes to highlight the schooner’s history of carrying immigrants to the United States, such as his own grandmother who emigrated to the United States abroad the Ernestina-Morrissey. The Ernestina-Morrissey was the last sailing ship to have regular service carrying immigrants to the United States, largely from Cape Verde.

“The state has this opportunity to embrace this vessel for what it is, and the rich culture and history it reflects,” said Do Canto.

The New England Council thanks Do Canto for his work towards preserving an important piece of history for New England. Read more in The Boston Globe and on the Schooner Ernestina Commission’s webpage.

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