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adventuress n : a woman adventurer

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  1. a female adventurer

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The Adventuress is a 136-foot gaff-rigged schooner launched in 1913 in East Boothbay, Maine, and now restored and listed as a National Historic Landmark.
She is now operated by Sound Experience, a non-profit organization based in Port Townsend, Washington.
= History =
Adventuress was built for John Borden at the Rice Brothers' yard in East Boothbay, Maine, designed by B.B. Crowninshield. Borden intended to sail to Alaska to catch a bowhead whale for a museum. He made the trip, failed to catch a whale, and sold her after a year to the San Francisco Bar Pilot's 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.
About 1960, she was brought to Seattle, and went through several owners, eventually winding up in the care of Monty Morton and Ernestine Bennett, who managed a non-profit organization called Youth Adventures. The vessel was eventually restored to its former glory and listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
= Sound Experience =
Today she is operatated by the non-profit organization Sound Experience, as a platform for environmental education about Puget Sound. She sails from April to October, on trips ranging from 3 hours to 7 days. Paid employees and volunteers perform office, crew, and maintenance work.

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