Adventuress Participating in the 2008 Tacoma Tall Ships Festival.
United StatesUnited States
Name: Adventuress
Builder: Rice Brothers
Launched: 1913
Homeport: Port Townsend, WA
Nickname(s): "The A"
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 115 tons[1]
Length: 133 ft (41 m)[1]
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)[1]
Height: 110 ft (34 m)[1]
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)[1]
Propulsion: 5,478 sq ft (508.9 m2) of Sail & auxiliary diesel engine[1]
Sail plan: Gaff–rigged[1]
Adventuress (Schooner)
LocationSeattle, Washington
ArchitectBowdoin B. Crowninshield
Rice Brothers
NRHP reference No.89001067
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 11, 1989[2]
Designated NHLApril 11, 1989[3]

Adventuress is a 133-foot (41 m) gaff-rigged schooner launched in 1913 in East Boothbay, Maine. She has since been restored, and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. She is one of two surviving San Francisco bar pilot schooners.[4]

Adventuress is currently operated by Sound Experience, a non-profit organization based in Port Townsend, Washington.[5]


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 Pilots Association, which marked the beginning of her career as a workboat. For 35 years, she transferred pilots to and from cargo vessels near the Farallon Islands. During World War II, she was a United States Coast Guard vessel, guarding San Francisco Bay.[6]

Adventuress' dinghy A-ya-she
Adventuress' dinghy A-ya-she

Around 1952, 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 Adventure. 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][4]

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 March into October, on trips ranging from 3 hours to 7 days. Paid employees and volunteers perform office, crew, and maintenance work.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Specs of Adventuress, from Sound Experience
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "ADVENTURESS (Schooner Yacht)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2007-11-16.
  4. ^ a b Delgado, James P. (9 July 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Adventuress" (pdf). National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-08-22. and
    Delgado, James P. (9 July 1988). "NRHP Registration Photos". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  5. ^ a b Sound Experience homepage
  6. ^ History of Adventuress, from Sound Experience