The Adventuress made port once again at Percival Landing, offering deck tours and sailing excursions this weekend in celebration of the schooner’s centennial.
The vessel pulled into Olympia on Thursday, providing free tours in the early afternoon.
The 13-member crew, wearing matching maroon sweatshirts, were quick to answer questions posed by the 20 or so visitors that had boarded the vessel by early afternoon.
“She is a national historic landmark,” said Catherine Collins, executive director of Sound Experience, the nonprofit that owns and operates the Adventuress. “We believe she belongs not to one, but to all.”
Ship tours were wait-listed by 1 p.m. Thursday. Free dockside tours are 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.
The ship usually makes it to Olympia at least twice a year — once in the spring and again in the fall, according to crew member Julie McPherson of California.
The main message the crew hopes to share with the public, beyond the history of the vessel, is the importance of preserving and protecting the Puget Sound.
“It’s about using resources wisely and ideas of how to change behaviors,” McPherson said. “Issues like microplastics in the Puget Sound, people have no idea is there it’s about educating the public.”
It is her second season sailing with the Adventuress.
“It’s 24-hour-a-day work for days on end,” McPherson said.
The crew members serve on one of three seasons: two sailing seasons and a maintenance season in the winter. This past maintenance season was spent replacing aging timber on the port side of the vessel.
The current crew are on board from March through mid-July.
“We want everyone to be going the entire time they are on board,” McPherson said. “We act as facilitators for sail training and share our knowledge to teach the public.”
Eighteen-year-old crew member Maris Winters of Snohomish practically grew up on the Adventuress. Her experience aboard began as a participant seven years ago.
Sailing is in Winters’ blood — she was first brought aboard a ship after she was only a few days old. Winters appreciates the camaraderie she found with her seasonal crew.
“People here are always so welcoming no matter who you are, a participant, a kid, or someone coming on to tour like today,” Winters said.
Students from the New Market Skills Center in Olympia will be spending five hours aboard the schooner Friday as part of the Sound Studies Program, learning about ocean acidification, plankton, marine mammals and life aboard a ship.
“They will have their hands on the lines, singing ship shanties and learning deck skills,” Collins said.
The Adventuress’ steering wheel was stolen while docked in Olympia in October. Olympia-area Rotarians replaced the wheel, as well as reimbursed the nonprofit the $900 loss of the wheel.
The theft hasn’t dampened the spirit of the crew.
“We are from all over, and are like-spirited people,” McPherson said. “We are all here because we are thrilled to be here and share.”
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