History & Mission

The dory-fishing Schooner Adventure is the last of Gloucester's famous fleet of Grand Bank fishing schooners. The vessel has significant historical importance, both regionally and nationally, and is irreplaceable. As one of the last, authentic sail-powered fishing schooners for which Gloucester was known throughout the world, the completion of her restoration is vital to preserving Massachusetts' cultural heritage and Gloucester’s sense of place. 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.

Seeking A Schooner

It was great to meet everyone at the annual meeting. Several people suggested I post here in search of a schooner. Many of you out there hear about boats that are not yet for sale or you may know about boats that I don't. All help is appreciated! Perhaps someone reading this is looking for a good home for their boat at this very moment.... I am partial to Aldens, but not completely closed-minded. Ideally, I like something about 35' on the water, mid 40s on deck. (Yes, I love Alden 270s & 309s -- got to find the right one.)

Charter Awarded to the Gulf of Maine Chapter

Commodore Alex Rhinelander presented the Charter for the new Gulf of Maine Chapter to interim Vice Commodore Robert MacAleer at the ASA Annual Meeting in Mystic, CT on Feb. 4th.

Any ASA members interested in joining the GOM Chapter should contact Don Zappone, the interim Chapter Commodore, or Jo-Ellen Reed, the interim Chapter Secretary (see the Member Directory for contact details).

ASA Fighting for Ernestina

The ASA has been supporting the fight to save Ernestina for some time. Attached is a cover letter and an Op-ed piece that Commodore Peter Thompson submitted to the Boston Globe in May 2004. Unfortunately, the Globe chose not to run the piece. It remains, however, as relevant today as it was then.


Rig: Gaff topsail schooner
Homeport/waters: Gloucester, Massachusetts
LOA:122' LOD:122' LWL:109'
Draft:13'6" Sail Area:6500 sq.ft
Beam:24'6" Tons:130 GRT
Rig height:110' Hull:wood

Designer: Tom McManus
Built: 1926; Essex, Massachusetts,
John F. James & Son Yard

Perovia II

This is my little schooner. She is 26' LOA, 22'6" LOD, 18'4" LWL, 7'4" Beam, 3.0' Draft, c. 4300# actual displacement (4160 as new), 1640# ballast, 242 ft.sq. sail area, m:109, f:78, j:55, SA/disp.: 15, Displ/lwl: 298, ballst/displ.: 39.4. Built in 1982, she is one of 18 built by Mark Marine of New Hampshire of a Chuck Payne design, in fiberglass with aluminum spars.

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