The S.S. Venture was an InGen cargo vessel.
Following the capture of the male Tyrannosaurus rex on Isla Sorna, Peter Ludlow had the tranquilized animal loaded into a framed harness and transferred by helicopter to the deck of the Venture. Bound for San Diego under the command of Captain Thompson , the ship left the island.
At some point during the voyage, the Tyrannosaur began going into arrest due to the tranquilizers he'd been given. The crew, fearing he would die, administered an amphetamine to save him. Unfortunately, they didn't know the correct dosage, and gave him too much. What happened after this is uncertain, but evidence suggests the Tyrannosaurus broke free of his harness and attacked and killed most of the crew before being locked in the hold by the final man, who was fatally wounded. After sealing the dinosaur below decks, the crewman died of his injuries still clutching the controls for the cargo hold doors.
With no one piloting the ship, the Venture barrelled headlong towards the InGen Waterfront Complex. All efforts by the harbor master to make contact with Thompson failed, and the vessel crashed violently into the dock. Peter Ludlow went aboard along with Ian Malcolm, Sarah Harding and several security guards to investigate. They found the empty harness on deck, the hold doors stuck in a neverending cycle of partially opening and then slamming shut again, due to the dead crewman's hand still on the controls.
Thinking there might be survivors in the old, Ludlow ordered guard Jerry Randall to open it. Malcolm, realizing that the T. rex must be in the hold, yelled for everyone to run and made a futile attempt to stop Jerry, but he was too late. The guard opened the hold doors, unleashing the Tyrannosaur. Still fueled by the amphetamine overdose, the dinosaur promptly made his way off of the ship and headed towards San Diego.
Ludlow was shocked to find the entire crew ripped to shreds and was even more shocked to see the T. rex escape the cargo hold and rampage through the streets of San Diego, which later became known as the San Diego incident.
Malcolm and Sarah brought the baby Tyrannosaurus to the boat hoping his father would follow. He did. Ludlow was killed in an attempt to stop them. As police arrived under orders to kill the adult, Sarah used a tranquilizer rifle to shoot him in the neck, and as he began to fall asleep from the effects of the dart, Malcolm resealed him in the hold. Because the Venture was still seaworthy, it was used to take the two dinosaurs back to Isla Sorna under heavy escort by Navy warships.
- The Venture is a likely reference to King Kong, as both films have a ship called Venture that take a large, prehistoric animal from an island filed with dinosaurs to a major city.
- There is a popular theory that Velociraptors may have killed the crew, but nothing in the actual film suggests this.