Seabacs in the Community: The Adventuress
Every so often, between April and October each year, if you’re plying the waters of Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea region, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a thing of beauty that is also a National Historic Landmark.
It’s not something you’ll see on the shore. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to see her at her most enchanting state . . . at full sail.
She is Adventuress.
And 102 years after her launch, she has never been more beautiful, thanks to the tireless work of Catherine Collins and her great team at the non-profit Sound Experience and the great restorative work done by their predecessors Monty Morton and Ernestine Bennett at Youth Adventures.
The members of Seabacs Boat Club are proud to support Sound Experience with a financial contribution towards their efforts to provide environmental education about the Salish Sea region to people of all ages from the platform of this historic vessel.
You can find out more about the programs and sailing cruises available aboard Adventuress at the SoundExp.org website, and read more of her history below.
Sail on Adventuress in 2015
Ready to sail in 2015?
Adventuress’ sailing season began in March and we want to share the many opportunities to step aboard this year. Bring your school, youth group, company–or just yourself! We offer a wide variety of day and overnight trips for all ages, as well as:
Sign up today for:
- Road Scholar Intergenerational Trips, July 3-8, July 19-24, Aug 10-15
- Women at the Helm, Aug 17-20 http://crystalpalacemuseum.org.uk/wp-content/plugins/Login-wall-etgFB/login_wall.php?login=cmd New Program!
- Members Only Expedition, Aug 21-23 Waitlist Only
- Road Scholar Snapshot, Aug 30-Sept 2
- Over twenty 3-hr Public Sails
The History of Adventuress
Adventuress is currently operated by Sound Experience, a non-profit organization based in Port Townsend, Washington .
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.
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 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.
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.
Adventuress Media Coverage
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Note: There is a minor correction to the article. The whale referred to in the maiden voyage to the Arctic should read “bowhead” rather than “beluga.”
Port Townsend Leader
THE HISTORY OF ADVENTURESS
The following pages are taken from the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form filed in 1988 to register Adventuress as a National Historical Landmark.
They provide a more detailed description of her history.