Monday, April 19, 2010

Thank You April Work-Weekend Volunteers!!

By Captain Korie Griffith

Hello Adventuress Rock Stars!

Thanks for coming for our “final push” work weekend. So much was accomplished to not only ready us for splash, but also for the upcoming sailing season. Thanks to all your efforts and good weather we were able to splash Adventuress on Monday afternoon to much fanfare. While we only splashed a week late, it was so great to finally get the old gal back in the water in better shape than ever!

Here’s a list of what we accomplished (though I’m sure I’m missing some things!):

· Medical Inventory
· Cleaned focsle
· Cleaned main cabin
· Cleaned heads
· Cleaned galley and dry stores bins
· Loaded deck boxes, rigging, safety gear
· Bottom paint touch-up
· Paint port topsides
· Varnish Ayashe
· Load mattresses
· Set up Jefe and test run
· Varnish deckhouse and main skylight
· Rig headrig
· Hook up main engine intake through-hull and grey water plumbing
· Measure for aquarium retrofit
· Steve’s woodworking projects

Since the work weekend, we’ve had good weather and have gotten so much done. With help from Captain Wayne, the Puget Sound Voyagers and some local riggers, we got the topmasts up, Ayashe in her davits, and the mainsail and foresail bent on. All the big stuff is done! This week we’ve got a bunch of details left to do, but for the most part the ship is ready to sail Friday!

Also, a friendly reminder to “VOTE FOR THE BOAT” so Adventuress can win a $100,000 for next winter’s restoration work. For us to win you (and your friends) need to vote every day for the next month. See our website for more info ( And thanks!

See you out on the water...

Captain, Schooner Adventuress

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Our 97 year old schooner, Adventuress, is one of twenty-five historic sites in the Puget Sound region competing for up to $100,000 in Partners in Preservation program. It's a voting competition and the contestant with the MOST VOTES wins $100,000. We need YOU to cast your vote daily, AND tell your friends, to help keep Adventuress sailing. Click here to Vote Now!

With your help, Adventuress will keep inspiring people for generations to come.

Instruction Video

Click the above link for more information about the competition and ways to get involved. Thank you for your support and helping us spread the word. Again, please Vote EVERY DAY and get your friends to vote too!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Adventuress Going in the Water Today!

After months of extraordinary restoration work, Adventuress is finally going back in the water!

We are inviting everyone to come celebrate with us. We will begin the process of launching Adventuress at 12:30 p.m. Right now the ship is at Haven Boatworks, the south-west end of Boat Haven. The actual launch will be happening at the Travel Lift Pier in the Port of Port Townsend's Boat Haven. Click here for a map of the port.

Our deepest thanks go out to everyone who helped to make this restoration project a reality. We hope to see you there!

- Sound Experience Crew & Staff

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Congressman Norm Dicks Visits Adventuress!

By Catherine Collins, Executive Director

An exciting morning aboard the schooner Adventuress as we were honored by a visit from Congressman Norm Dicks and his staff.  We’re tremendously grateful to Congressman Dicks for his support of a $180,000 appropriations from the National Park Service Save America’s Treasures program.  Matched by $100,000 in private funds from generous individual donors, we were able to complete Phase 1 of Adventuress’ Centennial Restoration this winter! 

Arriving around 9:30AM, the Congressman met ship’s crew members Sarah, Nate, Beth, Steve, Asa, Adam and our restoration Project Manager Korie Griffith (formerly Mielke), as well as board members Kiwi and Mike.  Also joining us were Port of Port Townsend officials including Port Commissioner John Collins.  Bill Mahler, Executive Director of the NW School of Wooden Boat Building, represented our partnership with the school for the incredible rebuild of the fo’c’sle.  Allyson Brooks, WA State Dept. of Archeology and Historic Preservation and Mary Thompson, a Board Member with National Trust for Historic Preservation, also joined us for the Congressman’s visit.  

After lots of photos in front of the ship’s wheel, we treated Congressman Dicks to muffins made by Sarah this morning in our diesel stove and delicious coffee generously donated to the ship by the Undertown Coffee Shop.  We all had a great discussion in the main cabin about the state of Puget Sound and the Congressman’s early efforts to bring resources to its cleanup decades ago, and heard a few fishing stories from Congressman Dicks’ employment on a fishing boat while he was putting himself though law school.  

We all really enjoyed the visit and have invited the Congressman to come sailing, see our environmental programs in action with boatloads of Puget Sound kids, and, of course, take the helm.  If I were a betting gal, I’d bet we’ll see him on board again!  Thanks, Congressman Dicks, from all of us for a wonderful visit!

Friday, April 2, 2010

New Article in the Peninsula Daily News

U.S. Rep. Dicks to tour Adventuress in Port Townsend; visits also set for other sites

Jeff Chew, the Peninsula Daily News' Jefferson County editor, covers U.S. Rep Norm Dicks' scheduled visit to Adventuress next Tuesday.

Click here to view the article.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Video! "Calking: ˈkȯr-kiŋ or ˈkȯ-kiŋ?"

Calking: To make (a boat) watertight by packing seams with a waterproof material, such as oakum, cotton or pitch.

This video is about the different ways to pronounce "Calking." It features the shipwrights and calkers who worked on Adventuress' port-side during Phase 1 of her Centennial Restoration Project.