Then and Now: The Columbia and The Adventure

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The original Columbia off Gloucester in 1926.

The Adventure racing off Gloucester in 1926.

The Adventure racing off Gloucester in 1926.

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The new Columbia off Gloucester today.

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The Adventure leaving Gloucester harbor today.

The Columbia and The Adventure.

The Columbia and The Adventure preparing to race today off Gloucester.

In 1926, The Columbia and The Adventure competed in the Gloucester schooner race. Today, they competed again. It was an historic match-up in that both boats were more or less resurrected this year.

The Columbia was originally built in 1923 by Arthur Dana Story at his shipyard in Essex, Mass. Famous for its speed, she was lost in a gale off Nova Scotia in 1927. Last year, a 141-foot replica was built at a shipyard in Panama City, Fla. This is her first appearance at the Gloucester race.

The 121.6 foot Adventure was built in 1926, also in Essex. She worked as a fishing schooner along the Grand Banks until 1953. From 1954 to 1988, she had a second life as a windjammer carrying passengers along the coast of Maine. In 1988, she was donated to the people of Gloucester to restore and preserve her. After many years of restoration work, The Adventure returned this year to active sailing.

 

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One Response to Then and Now: The Columbia and The Adventure

  1. Paul St.Germain says:

    Bob, Nice comparison from 1927 to 2015.Both boats look great then and now.
    Paul

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