Welcome to the web site of the Sea Scout Ship Chaser. As part of the Boy Scouts of America Venturing Program, we provide boating related activities and training for young men 14-21 years of age. SSS Chaser serves the City of Napa and surrounding communities.
SSS Chaser was commissioned in 1958 as the M/V Albacore for the California Department of Fish and Game. She saw duty in Southern California as a patrol boat and later as a research vessel. In 1986, the ship was donated to our program. As SSS Chaser, she has cruised the West Coast of North America from Baja California to British Columbia.
The Chaser is 90 feet long and has a beam of 22.5 feet. She displaces 130 tons and is of steel construction. Carl F. Shellhorn is the Skipper.
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Summer Cruise 2016 is underway. the Chaser left Napa on July 3rd, and met up with the Northland at their base in Richmond, CA. After being joined by the Makai of San Lorenzo, CA (home-ported in Alameda, CA), the 3 vessels departed for Santa Cruz, CA, and arrived uneventfully the morning of July 4th.
At 0600 on July 5th the fleet Departed Santa Cruz, with the addition of the SSS Steeves, of Santa Cruz. Several Hours later the Makai developed fuel problems that necessitated the Chaser taking her in tow, and assisting her in returning to Monterey, CA for fuel system repairs. The Makai anticipates rejoining the fleet upon completion of their repairs. After dropping the Makai off in Monterey the Chaser headed back south to rejoin the remaining two vessels in the fleet, with an anticipated arrival in San Pedro Harbor, berth 84 at 2300 Hours on July 6th.
Stay Tuned for more from 2016's Summer Cruise.
Track the Chaser via her AIS Transponder