The Schooner Adventure was designed by the famous marine architect Thomas McManus as a “knockabout”‑‑without a bowsprit for the safety of the crew. The schooner was built in 1926, in Essex, Massachusetts, by the John F. James and Son Shipyard. She measured 121.6 feet in length, 24.5 feet in breadth, and 14 feet in depth. Her gross tonnage was 130 and her net tonnage 62. When built, Adventure was powered by a 120 horsepower engine turning a single screw in a cutout space in the rudder.

Out of Boston

Fishing the Banks (1926-1953)

Schooner Adventure fished for cod, haddock and halibut in Georges and Browns Banks. Carrying a sailing rig, diesel engine, and 14 dories, Adventure was an exceptionally fast and able vessel, the ultimate evolution of the fishing schooner.  Schooner Adventure was a “highliner,” the biggest moneymaker of all time, landing nearly $4 million worth of cod and halibut during her fishing career. When retired in 1953,  Schooner Adventure was the last American dory fishing trawler left in the Atlantic.


WindJamming (1954-1988)

In 1954, Schooner Adventure was retired from fishing and converted into a windjammer for passenger cruising, removing the engine, propeller, and prop shaft. Adventure carried passengers along the coast of Maine until 1987. Her grace, beauty, and prowess as a sailing vessel earned her the nickname “Queen of the Windjammers.” National Historic Landmark (1988-present)

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National Historic Landmark (1988-present)

Captain Sharp donated Adventure in 1988 to the people of Gloucester to be preserved as Gloucester’s historic tall ship and to be used to inform and educate the public about the important role of fishing in American history.The Gloucester Adventure, Inc., a non-profit group was formed as stewards of the schooner. The group is dedicated to preserving Adventure and operating her at sea; developing educational programs; and heightening public awareness of Gloucester’s role in the development of the American fishing industry.