Thanks to online voters, the Schooner Adventuress will receive $125,000 for restoration.
Twenty-five historic sites and structures around Puget Sound competed for a share of $1 million in grant money from the Partners in Preservation program.
The Adventuress won 20 percent of the popular vote. The money will be used to replace the stern as part of ongoing restoration of the 1913 schooner.
“It’s just such a huge gift,” Catherine Collins, executive director of the nonprofit Sound Experience, said Thursday. “It’s a tough time to raise money for anything, especially for historic preservation.”
She also thanked everyone who voted for the Adventuress, which visits Tacoma and other Puget Sound ports. It spends winters in Port Townsend.
Because the vote was so close, second-place finisher Town Hall Seattle will also receive $125,000. The remaining $750,000 will be awarded to other projects June 15.
Pierce County sites in contest were: Gig Harbor’s Skansie Brothers Net Shed (4 percent of the vote), Garfield Hall at the Orting Soldiers Home (4 percent), Tacoma’s Spanish Steps (2 percent) and Titlow Park Lodge (2 percent), and the Johnson Farm on Anderson Island (2 percent).
The program is sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express.