The beloved Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey is undergoing some rebranding and the advisory board is looking for a local designer to help.

For those of you who don't know the rich history of the Ernestina, let's take a quick walk down memory lane before I tell you how you can help design the new logo.

It's a national treasure that continues to serve.

This New Bedford-based ship has helped so many over its century-plus in operation. Since it hit the water in 1894, having been built for $16,000, the 156-foot schooner has served many purposes including transporting Cape Verdean immigrants.

"Ernestina was the last sailing ship, in regular service, to carry immigrants across the Atlantic to the United States, and the last of a series of Cape Verde packets to carry on this trade in the middle years of the 20th century," the official website states.

The advisory board is looking for a new logo as they transition into a new phase with the ship. If you are a designer or artist and this type of project excites you, send in your submissions to

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The board has some important criteria that you need to consider when you are designing. The design must include the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey logo, a picture of the ship itself, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. If your design is chosen, you must be willing to transfer copyrights.

This is an exciting opportunity to have your work showcased as part of history.

If this is something that excites you then get to the drawing board. Proposals will be accepted until midnight on May 22. The winner will be announced next week.

This summer, New Bedford State Pier will celebrate its 40th anniversary of hosting the Ernestina-Morrissey and clearly wants to make sure the new logo gets shown off. It could be your design.

If I could draw anything better than stick figures, I'd be all over this. Best of luck and I can't wait to see what is chosen.

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