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Adventuress Participating in the 2008 Tacoma Tall Ships Festival.
Career (United States) United States
Name: Adventuress
Builder: Rice Brothers
Launched: 1913
Homeport: Port Townsend, WA
  • MMSI number: 367323180
  • Callsign: WCX8691
Nickname: "The A"
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General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 115 tons
Length: 133 ft (41 m)
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Height: 110 ft (34 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Propulsion: 5,478 sq ft (508.9 m2) of Sail & auxiliary diesel engine
Sail plan: Gaff–rigged
Adventuress (Schooner)
Location Seattle, Washington
Built 1913
Architect Bowdoin B. Crowninshield
Rice Brothers
NRHP reference No. 89001067
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 11, 1989
Designated NHL April 11, 1989

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.

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. During World War II, she was a United States Coast Guard vessel, guarding San Francisco Bay.

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.

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.

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