Restoring the Adventuress!

Community Happenings
Rockport Opera House
6 Central Street, Rockport, ME
Rockport Public Library
Nov 15, 2012
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Taylor Allen

The last session of the Rockport Public Library Seafaring Series will be held on November 15 at 7:00 at the Rockport Opera House.

William Fife Jr. of Scotland is generally recognized as one of the all-time greatest yacht designers, in company with Herreshoff, Stephens, and Watson. He described the objective of his designs simply to be “bonnie and fast.”

Here in Camden and Rockport the marine artisans restored and care for three of his more famous and beautiful examples, Sumurun, Belle Adventure, and Adventuress. Taylor Allen and Sam Chamberlin of Rockport Marine will describe their three-year restoration of Adventuress and the legacy of Fife’s designs.

Taylor Allen first began building boats as a teenager at Rockport Marine when the yard still belonged to his father, Luke Allen. After attending Amherst College in Massachusetts, Taylor returned to Maine and eventually was named the president of Rockport Marine in 1980.

Sam Chamberlin grew up exploring the islands of Penobscot Bay from his family home on Isle au Haut. These early experiences led to a variety of jobs in Maine's traditional schooner fleet, on yachts, and commercial fishing. He studied Physics at Bates College and Yacht Design at the Landing School. Prior to joining the design staff at Rockport Marine, he worked as a boatbuilder and designer for Brooklin, Maine-based builder Brion Rieff.

Contact the Rockport Public Library with any questions regarding this event at 236-3642.