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To preserve the Schooner Adventure for the enrichment of future generations and their love of the sea, and to enable her to serve as a community resource for educational programming focusing on maritime, cultural, and environmental issues, and to operate Adventure at sea as a living symbol of America's maritime heritage.
The dory-fishing Schooner Adventure is the last of Gloucester's famous fleet of Grand Bank fishing schooners. Listed on the National Register of Historic places and designated a National Historic Landmark, Adventure was built in 1926 at the John F. James Shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. Adventure was designed by Thomas McManus as a "knockabout"--without a bowsprit for the safety of the crew. Constructed at the very end of the Age of Sail, Adventure was an exceptionally fast and able vessel, the ultimate evolution of the fishing schooner . Carrying a sailing rig, diesel engine and 14 dories, she spent the next 27 years fishing the once bountiful outer banks of the North Atlantic from her homeports of Gloucester and Boston. Adventure was a "highliner," the biggest moneymaker of all time, landing nearly $4 million worth of cod and halibut during her 27 year fishing career. When she retired in 1953, Adventure was the only American dory-fishing schooner left in the Atlantic.
In 1955, the vessel was converted into a windjammer. Sailing out of Camden, Adventure carried passengers on cruises off the coast of Maine until 1987. In 1988, the vessel was donated to the people of Gloucester to serve as a community resource. The Gloucester Adventure, Inc., a 501(C)(3) non-profit historic preservation and maritime educational organization, was created to serve as stewards of Gloucester's historic tall ship . The Adventure organization is governed by a 26-member Board of Directors Martin Krugman, Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Salem State College, has served pro bono as the President since 1995, and has led the project. Currently, Adventure's staff includes a halftime Office Manager, Sally Curry, a halftime Director, Joanne Souza, and a one-third time bookkeeper, Angela Ciaramitaro. A core group of approximately 25 volunteers and an extended group of over 100 occasional volunteers assist the organization in all aspects of its mission.
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