An Adventure-ous visit

Jul 02, 2018
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Adventure prepares to depart Rockland Harbor the evening of June 30. The schooner was open to the public for a couple of hours, after which the crew and passengers were hosted by the vessel’s previous owner, Capt. Jim Sharp, at his Sail, Power and Steam Museum.

Rockland — Adventure, for many years a member of the Midcoast’s windjammer fleet, paid a visit to Rockland Saturday afternoon, June 30.

The 120-foot gaff-rigged knockabout schooner was built in Essex, Mass., and launched in 1926 to work the Grand Banks fishing grounds near Gloucester. For many years, it was owned by Capt. Jim Sharp, who sailed the schooner with passengers out of Camden.

Sharp donated Adventure to the people of Gloucester. In 1988, the nonprofit group Gloucester Adventure Inc. was formed to preserve the schooner as a monument to the history of Gloucester. Through the efforts of Gloucester Adventure Inc. and dedicated volunteers, Adventure is now a destination site on the Essex National Heritage Area Maritime Trail and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Adventure was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994; underwent a substantial restoration in 2012; and sails today in the tourist trade out of Gloucester. This was the first time in 30 years Adventure had been back to Rockland.

Adventure motors out of Rockland Harbor June 30. Its first visit in 30 years was preceded by appearances at Portland Schoonerfest and Boothbay Harbor’s Windjammer Days. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
(Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
(Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Cathy Baker | Jul 02, 2018 21:08

Dagney, thanks for these photos.  If anyone sends you one of the Adventure under sail, please post it.  This schooner is longer than any of the ones sailing here, I think (though it's not as beamy as the Victory Chimes).

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