The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will be hosting their second bi-weekly, online event in their winter speaker series, sharing their mission of celebrating the maritime and industrial heritage of Midcoast Maine and beyond.
“Captains’ Quarters: Stories of the Schooner Adventure” will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. The talk will take place utilizing the online portal, Zoom. Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: www.sailpowersteammuseum.org.
Joining Captain Jim Sharp to talk about the fascinating history of this vessel, will be Captain Stefan Edick (executive director of the Schooner Adventure), John McBride (Adventure’s last First Mate under Sharp’s ownership), and other former crew, cooks, and passengers.
The Gloucester fishing Schooner Adventure, a National Historic Landmark and an official project of Save America’s Treasures, is an icon of the American fisheries. Build in 1926 she was launched in Essex, Massachusetts. Designed by Thomas McManus as a “knockabout,” she has no bowsprit, a life-saving feature at the time. She spent 27 years fishing off Georges Bank with record catches to her name, carrying 14 dories and 27 crew.
She spent many years in Camden harbor, converted to a “windjammer,” carrying passengers along the coast of Maine, and was eventually donated to the port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she underwent a significant rebuild and now sits as a proud feature of that historic harbor, according to the Museum, in a news release.
Captain Sharp and his wife, Meg, founded the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum after many years of building a historically significant maritime collection while traveling and living aboard vessels both here and abroad. A former windjammer captain himself, he restored and sailed several well-known local vessels, including the Schooner Bowdoin, Schooner Stephen Taber, and the Schooner Adventure.
While the museum was one of the first to provide exhibit-by-exhibit on-line tours of their museum as the pandemic shut down businesses across the world, according to the museum, they were open for business throughout most of the summer season, welcoming guests as they visited the Midcoast.
“In the true spirit of our maritime heritage, it is suggested that people “grab a dram of run” (or a cup of tea), settle into the comfort of their own boat or home, fire up the woodstove, and join Captains Sharp and the crew as they share photos and stories of this amazing vessel,” said SPSM.