Thomas F. McManus ADVENTURE

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Type: Gaff rigged topsail schooner

LOA: 122″0″ / 37.00m
LOD: 122″0″ / 37.00m
LWL: 109 ft / 33.00m
Beam: 24’6″ / 7.47m
Draft: 13’6” / 4.11m
Designed by: William Townsend
Original Owner: Captain Jeff Thomas, Gloucester
Current Owner: Gloucester Adventure, Inc.,
Port: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Year Launched: September 16, 1926
Built By: John F. James & Son Yard in Essex, Massachusetts
Hull Material: Wood
Displacement: 130 gross register tons
Engine: Detroit Diesel 671 (2012–)
National Register of Historic Places: 19 April 1994
The Gloucester Adventure, Inc: Schooner-Adventure.Org



Designed by Thomas F. McManus of Boston and built at the John F. James & Son Yard in Essex, Massachusetts, for Captain Jeff Thomas of Gloucester, Adventure was one of the last wooden sailing vessels of her kind built for the dory-fishing industry.

Adventure, named for one of the fantasy fleet of ships drawn by Captain Thomas’s young son, is a knockabout (spoonbow) schooner, designed without a bowsprit for the safety of the crew. The McManus knockabout design was regarded by maritime historian, Howard I. Chapelle, as “the acme in the long evolution of the New England fishing schooner.” Launched on 16 September 1926, Adventure measured 122 feet (37 m) from bow to stern, sported a gaff rig and carried a 120 horsepower (89 kW) diesel engine, and a crew of twenty-seven. She fished the once bountiful Grand Banks of the North Atlantic from her home port of Gloucester from 1926 to 1953 under Captain Jeff Thomas and later, Captain Leo Hynes. Adventure was the biggest money-maker of the time, landing nearly $4 million worth of cod and halibut in her fishing career. Her retirement marked the end of the American dory-fishing schooner in the North Atlantic


The Wall of Remembrance – The Owners, Crew & Notable Guest:

Owner: Captain Jeff Thomas (1926–1954)
Owner: Donald Hurd, Dayton Newton, and Herbert Beizer (1954-1964)
Owner: Captain Jim Sharp (1964-1988)
Owner: The people of Gloucester (1988-1988)
Owner: Gloucester Adventure, Inc (1988–)



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