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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

1800's or 1900's? The Schooner Adventure Captured on BW Film

Schooner Adventure Rockland, Maine circa 1969





The Schooner Adventure sailing past the Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland, Maine in....1969.  A lovely sight caught on BW film, reminiscent of a previous century.

 The "Adventure," is a McManus design, built by the John F. James Shipyard in Essex, MA in 1926.   She fished the Grand Banks,  hauling in a phenomenal 4 million dollars worth of cod and haddock.

The Rockland, Maine Facebook page continuously posts historic photographs of old Rockland, Maine.  If you are interested in historic Maine, the fishing industry, old vessels, and vintage photographic images, you might want to Follow their Page. This morning this lovely photo appeared in my Newsfeed. 

My own great-grandfather Henderson lived on Rockland's waterfront, right downtown. He worked at a local fishery, and sailed out of Rockland to points north to Nova Scotia and south to Philadelphia, during his life as a master mariner from 1890 to his death at Sailor's Snug Harbor, Staten Island, in 1934.  He undoubtedly knew the "Adventure" very well.

The "Adventure" was moved to Gloucester, MA in 1988. She is now a designated National Historic Landmark and functioning as a non-profit organization, has been undergoing restoration.  The importance of the mission to preserve the schooner as an educational vessel and historic landmark is best explained by these words:

"A fully restored and operational Schooner Adventure will heighten awareness of Gloucester’€™s role in the development of the American Fishing Industry, the plight of the thousands of men lost at sea, and how a fleet of fast and able schooners defined a regional economy.

Visit her website to learn more about  "Adventure."