2014-07-19 Schooner Adventuress, Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain (01) (1024x680)
"The Adventuress is a 133-foot gaff-rigged schooner. Built at the Rice Brother’s Boatyard, in East Boothbay, Maine as a private yacht, the ship was launched in 1913. Her owner, John Borden II, the founder of Chicago’s Yellow Cab Co. sailed The Adventuress from Maine, around the tip of South America, and north to the Arctic. Borden intended to sail to Alaska to catch a bowhead whale for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. 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 Farallone Islands. During World War II, she was a United States Coast Guard vessel, guarding San Francisco Bay"
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 Adventures. Under their ownership, the boat was restored to most of her original lines.
Today Adventuress is operated by the non-profit organization Sound Experience, as a platform for environmental education about Puget Sound."