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Peggy Lyons’ Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey papers

Identifier: MC-155


  • 1982

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No known restrictions on content. Audiocassettes have all been digitized. Access to digital content by request. Photographs in scrapbook have been digitized and are available for viewing at

Biographical / Historical

In the summer of 1982, Peggy Lyons was the only woman of the 14-person crew, who consisted of 8 Cape Verdeans and 6 Americans, to sail aboard the Schooner Ernestina on its journey to the U.S., back from Mindelo, Cape Verde. Peggy was a licensed captain, originally from New York, and had her own 30-foot Sloop Repose. She had a true passion for sailing. Peggy worked at a volunteer to repair and retrieve Ernestina, after being dismast in her first voyage back in the U.S. in 1976.

Biographical / Historical

The bulk of the collection is a photograph album and series of 16 audiocassette recordings documenting the 1982 voyage. It also includes loose items: newspaper articles, certificates, and correspondence.


2 Linear Feet (one large flat box, one binder and one audiocassette box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift from the sister of Peggy Lyons, Kathie Talbot, June 2013. Acquisition # 13-25.

MC 155, Peggy Lyons’ Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey papers
Caterina Francisco
July 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA