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September 17, 2013

(SEATTLE: September 17, 2013)  We all know and love seeing the Schooner Adventuress sail into town. Here in at The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, when we see her appear on Lake Union we stop what we’re doing in the upstairs gallery, grab the binoculars that we keep near the windows, and just watch as she gets closer to the wharf in Lake Union Park. You almost can’t help but think back to the days when all the boats coming and going from Seattle looked like this.


But did you ever stop for a second to ask, “how did she get here in the first place?” You may have heard the story of some rich dude on the East coast having her built for a trip to the arctic. Maybe you haven’t heard the story. Well, this week at the downtown Seattle Public Library you get the chance to hear about Adventuress from the people who sent her here; The American Museum of Natural History in New York City. clip_image001

As part of Adventuress’ 100th birthday celebration (it’s been going on all year…where have you been) the NY museum is sending someone out to share some of the materials about her “Virgin Voyage”, the trip by Roy Chapman Andrews to the arctic to find a bowhead whale skeleton for the museum’s collection.

This Thursday at 6pm come to the fancy downtown library to hear Thomas Baione, the American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Library Services, explore the history of the schooner’s 1913 maiden Arctic expedition and feature photos never-before-seen by the public from the Museum’s archives.  There’s no cost. It’s free to attend. The presentation will be in the Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room at the library at 1000 4th Avenue downtown.

The program is co-hosted by Special Collections in the Seattle Central Library, Sound Experience, and The Center for Wooden Boats with financial support from JAS Design Build.

And if you want to help out Adventuress today, you can find more information about her on ther website, or call 360-379-0438. Today she’s owned and operated by the nonprofit Sound Experience and sails with a mission to educate, inspire and empower an inclusive community to make a difference for the future of our marine environment.


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