Preserving Gloucester’s schooner Adventure

Dr. Marty Krugman, head of the psychology department at Salem State, will lecture on ‘Preserving the Gloucester schooner ADVENTURE,’ April 4, 7 p.m., St. Joseph Hall, 160 Derby St., Salem.

Dr. Krugman has spearheaded the campaign to restore the historic Gloucester fishing schooner Adventure since 1995. ‘Save the Adventure’ has raised over $2.5 million to date and expects to resume sailing the historic vessel in 2008.

The dory-fishing schooner Adventure is the last of Gloucester’s famous fleet of Grand Bank fishing schooners. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark, Adventure was built in 1926 at the John F. James Shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. Constructed at the very end of the Age of Sail, Adventure was an exceptionally fast and able vessel, the ultimate evolution of the fishing schooner. Adventure was the biggest moneymaker of her time, landing nearly $4 million worth of cod and halibut during her 27-year fishing career. When she retired in 1953, Adventure was the only American dory-fishing schooner left in the Atlantic.

This is a free program sponsored jointly by the FAME and the FRIENDSHIP. The hall is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 978-729-7600 or 978-740-1660.

Our May speaker will be Barbara Warren, Executive Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch. Her topic will be “The Great Rivers of Salem: Past and Present.”