1954The schooner Adventure was bought by Donald Hurd, Dayton Newton, and Herbert Beizer and was converted into a passenger schooner.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Schooner Adventure, c. 1960s. Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 21968
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In 1954, an investor trio from Maine bought the schooner Adventure for $9,000 at the Chelsea dock where its skipper, Leo Hynes, had “retired” her after 22 years of dory trawling.

The Adventure was built in Essex in 1926 as a “knockabout” schooner, meaning its foresails were attached to the foredeck and not a traditional bowsprit. Adventure earned a reputation as a “highliner” by always bringing in the most valuable and largest fares of fish, which were valued at over $3.5 million over the course of the vessel’s fishing career. Adventure was forced into retirement when Captain Hynes could no longer hire enough capable crew willing to withstand the rigors of dory fishing or operating a sailing schooner. The new owners overhauled Adventure by removing its engine and the below deck holds and installing small cabins to accommodate passengers for weeklong windjammer cruises in the Gulf of Maine. The schooner was given to the City of Gloucester in 1988 and turned over to a non-profit group that has since restored it as a legacy fishing schooner listed on the State and National Registries of Historic Places.

Garland, Joseph E., and Jim Sharp. Adventure: Queen of the Windjammers. Down East Books, 1985.
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