Adventuress (schooner)

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Adventuress Participating in the 2008 Tacoma Tall Ships Festival.
Career (USA) United States
Name: Adventuress
Builder: Rice Brothers
Launched: 1913
Homeport: Port Townsend, WA
Nickname: "The A"
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 115 tons[1]
Length: 133 feet (41 m)[1]
Beam: 21 feet (6.4 m)[1]
Height: 110 feet (34 m)[1]
Draft: 12 feet (3.7 m)[1]
Propulsion: 5,478 ft² (509 m²) of Sail & auxiliary diesel engine[1]
Sail plan: Gaff–rigged[1]
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Location: Seattle, Washington
Built/Founded: 1913
Architect: Bowdoin B. Crowninshield; Rice Bros.
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: April 11, 1989[2]
Designated NHL: April 11, 1989[3]
NRHP Reference#: 89001067

Adventuress is a 133-foot gaff-rigged schooner launched in 1913 in East Boothbay, Maine. She has since been restored, and is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

Adventuress is currently operated by Sound Experience, a non-profit organization based in Port Townsend, Washington.[4]


Adventuress was built for John Borden at the Rice Brothers' yard in East Boothbay, Maine, and was designed by B.B. Crowninshield. Borden intended to sail to Alaska to catch a bowhead whale for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Aboard this maiden voyage sailed the famed naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews. During the voyage, Chapman stopped on the Pribilof Islands and captured film of fur seals, which led to efforts to protect their colonies. Borden's efforts to catch a whale failed and he sold Adventuress to the San Francisco Bar Pilot's Association, which marked the beginning of her career as a workboat. For 35 years, she transferred pilots to and from cargo vessels near the Farallone Islands. During World War II, she was a United States Coast Guard vessel, guarding San Francisco Bay.[5]

Adventuress' dinghy A-ya-she

Around 1960, Adventuress was brought to Seattle, where she went through several owners. Eventually, she wound up in the care of Monty Morton and Ernestine Bennett, who managed a non-profit sail training organization called Youth Adventures. Under their ownership, the boat was restored to most of her original lines, which had been altered during her years as a working vessel. In 1988, Sound Experience began conducting educational programs on the vessel, and the following year she was listed as a National Historic Landmark.[3][6]

Sound Experience

Today Adventuress is operated by the non-profit organization Sound Experience, as a platform for environmental education about Puget Sound. She sails from April to October, on trips ranging from 3 hours to 7 days. Paid employees and volunteers perform office, crew, and maintenance work.[4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Specs of Adventuress, from Sound Experience
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "ADVENTURESS (Schooner Yacht)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sound Experience homepage
  5. History of Adventuress, from Sound Experience
  6. James P. Delgado (July 9, 1988). National Register of Historic Places Registration: AdventuressPDF (7.56 MiB). National Park Service 

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