Mention New Bedford and Moby Dick comes to mind. However, the national historic treasure, Schooner Ernestina, here in New Bedford, is as inspirational a story, and a true one!

Over 100 years old, she reached within 600 miles of the North Pole and is the last ship to bring immigrants to this country under sail from the Cape Verde Islands. As a gift to the United States, and officially designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark, the Schooner Ernestina is asking you to help take off her winter coat during a service day for volunteers on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Coast Guard Park at the Southwest corner of the New Bedford State Pier.

If you can help out for this volunteer work day, please bring gloves, a utility knife and a screw gun because there are a lot of construction screws to remove. And if you've never seen the Ernestina or never been on board, you are in for a tremendous time!