Fish Tales – Are We There Yet? – screening extended another week!

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In case you missed it, the Gloucester Writers Center is extending its most recent Fish Tales show for another week. Get tickets at Gloucester Stage and stream it online or on any device.

Gather your people and listen to the love, the embarrassment, the hardship, and joy in these stories. Fish Tales features Casey Breton, Abram Kielsmeir-Jones, Doug Rich, Dick Prouty, Laila Goodman, Wendy Fitting, Bobbie Wayne, and Keith Harris.

New Adventure Video Thursday at 6:30

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Join us Thursday evening at 6:30 for the premier of a new video about Gloucester’s flagship and National Historic Landmark during our online fundraiser Community Through Adventure. Just follow this link to the Schooner Adventure website:

The 24 minute video is free and open to anyone to watch and will be available for a week following the event. Any donations made during this fundraiser will go twice as far to support the educational mission of Adventure thanks to a generous pledge from the members of the board of directors to match your contribution up to $30,000.

We can’t sail this season because of the pandemic, but the maintenance of the vessel must go on. We think this video will explain why Adventure’s volunteers and staff continue to work hard behind the scenes to keep one of the last Gloucester fishing schooners going strong.

More News from Adventure

Video Fundraiser

We can’t sail, but we can still get together virtually to support the ship. Anyone can join this broadcast for free, and if you register before July 3 you’ll be eligible to win prizes including two tickets to join us for the 2021 4th of July Fireworks sail.

Here’s a couple of sneak peeks at the video-in-progress we’ll present on July 9.

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Craftsmanship & Preservation

During the summer and fall our all-volunteer maintenance crews will be making sure that our National Historic Landmark stays in the top condition she has enjoyed for the last several years. We have developed protocols to do so safely in accordance with state and local guidelines. If you have time to spare and would like to join that effort, please contact us at

News from the Schooner Adventure

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Here we were at the end of the 2019 season under full sail and looking forward to 2020, but things haven’t worked out as we hoped.

Here’s a release that explains where we are now:


It is with heavy hearts that we announce that we have cancelled the 2020 sailing season. Our Board of Directors made the difficult decision that the only way to ensure that we maintain an adequately safe standard of operation is to remain alongside the dock this year. The health and safety of our students, passengers, volunteers, and crew is always our highest priority.

Our staff remains hard at work preparing for the day when we can once again line up and pull together on the halyards to raise sail and soar. We are building toward 2021 and beyond as we strive to extend our vessel’s reach and impact, particularly through our educational programs. Our decision not to sail also conserves vital resources to sustain our organization as we work toward the day when we can operate fully.

Adventure will sail again. As she has done so many times in the past, she will persevere and overcome. Thanks to our extraordinary community of support, this vessel lives on to serve as a symbol of resiliency, strength, and the triumph of common purpose.

All new memberships and renewals will enjoy an extra 18 months of full benefits so that when Adventure sails again, her members may use their sail tickets and more!

Thanking the Front Line- EXTENDED!: for all memberships made by July 30, we will give a free 2021 Family Membership to an employee of the Beth Israel Lahey Health Hospital in Beverly or Gloucester.

BUT DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP! See the next Post

Fish Tales Live Streaming Friday


Despite the pandemic, Fish Tales goes on! Gloucester’s popular story telling show, now in its eighth year, has already been recorded live at Gloucester Stage, and will be available for viewing on Friday evening. Tickets are can be purchased at or by calling 978-281-4433. Just $9. More details at


Only a Few More Sails on Adventure

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As the season comes to a close there are only a few more chances to sail on Adventure, Gloucester’s National Historic Landmark schooner. Maybe you’ve been meaning to join the ship for a cruise all summer but just haven’t gotten around to it. This time of year often has the best sailing weather, so sign up at or call 978 281 8079. Remember, if you are buying two or more tickets it makes sense to become a member.

Friday, 9/13, 4-7pm

Saturday, 9/14, 11am-2pm

Tuesday, 9/17, 4-7

Wednesday, 9/18, 4-7

Friday, 9/20, 4-7

Descendants Sail Free on Adventure

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Are there schooner fishermen in your family tree? Not just those who fished from Adventure’s dories, but any schooner. If so, you and your family members can sail free of charge with us on Sunday, August 18, from 2 – 5 pm. It is a great opportunity to experience some of what your forefathers went through to put bread on their tables and fish on tables across the country. Bring the kids so that they can see a little of what made Gloucester what it was then and is today. Join us for the afternoon and share your family stories with others, help raise the sails, and learn some family history.

Call the Adventure office at 978 281 8079 to sign up today, space is limited.


Descendants Sail on Adventure

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Are there schooner fishermen in your family tree? If so, come sailing with on Adventure Saturday, July 20 from 3 to 6pm. It is a great opportunity to experience some of what your forefathers went through to put bread on the table. And it is free, so bring the kids so that they can see a little of what made Gloucester what it was and is today. This special sail is for descendants of all schoonermen, not just those who fished from Adventure’s dories, so join us and share your family stories, help raise the sails, and learn some family history.

Call the Adventure office at 978 281 8079 to sign up today, space is limited.


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I got the time wrong for Adventure’s sail on Saturday. It will be from 3:00 to 6:00. The earlier time for Saturday sails will start next week.

Come join us, help raise the sails, take a trick at the wheel, help us coil down, and learn about the fishermen who made Gloucester what it is. At 122 feet, Adventure is the queen of the fleet, she’s fast and able, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of being aboard when the wind pipes up.

And both the Friday (5-8) and Saturday sails this week are half price. Call 978 281 8079 for tickets and details.

Community Sails on Adventure Start Friday

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Gloucester’s National Historic Landmark Schooner Adventure begins her community sails on Friday, June 28, with a sail from 5 – 8 pm, and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. We will be continuing through the season. Next Wednesday evening we’ll have a special sail for the Fireworks.

You owe it to yourself to get aboard to experience what it’s like to sail on a 122-foot vessel that was the highliner of the fleet and one of the handful of these historic ships still sailing.

Call the office at 978 281 8079 for special pricing to celebrate the start of our home port sailing program.

Great Job Opportunities on Adventure

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Gloucester’s flagship schooner Adventure is currently looking for enthusiastic, energetic candidates to join our crew. This season we will conduct educational and public daysails in Gloucester and travel to nearby ports such as Boston, Portland and Provincetown. Ability to work with the public is a must. We have openings for deckhands, officers and a cook. All crew must be at least 18 years of age and are subject to USCG drug screening. Seasonal employment starting immediately and running through mid-October. Resumes and inquiries accepted at

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Vernal Equinox Bell Ringing

On Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 the 5th annual Vernal Equinox Bell Ringing will be celebrated in honor of global peace and care for the planet. Declared by proclamation in 1970 by United Nations Secretary General U Thant, the Vernal Equinox recognizes that “We are one human family and have only one Earth”.

The Community is invited to participate in celebrating the Vernal Equinox and recognizing local and global environmental champions. The program takes place from 5:00-6:00pm and features the ringing of the Gloucester UU Church’s Paul Revere Bell at 5:58pm, the moment of the equinox. Simultaneous events will take place with the ringing of the Peace Bell at the United Nations headquarters in New York, NY and Vienna, Austria, and at other locations around the world.

This is a family event and is open to the public