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.
All members of the community are invited to join the Chaser for our open House on Saturday May 7th at 9 am. Our crew (and friends) will be holding regatta practice in the regatta field, giving tours of the ship, and operating the small boats in order to give anyone interested in our program an opportunity to see it in action. Between 12 and 1 pm we will be serving up hamburgers and then from 2-6 pm we will take all interested individuals on a cruise down the Napa River on the Chaser, our 90' training boat. To join the Chaser as a youth you must be a male, 14-18 years old or 13 and graduating 8th grade. If this doesn't describe you, we'd still love for you to come check us out, as we are quite proud of our program, and its service to the youth of Napa for the past 78 years.
Please join us at our base for this event at:
402 Riverside Drive
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