Canada 150 Tall Ships Event

The majestic Tall Ships are returning to Pier 8 - following their hugely successful visit back in the summer of 2013. The Tall Ships Parade of Sail is a must-see spectacle as the 11 vessels navigate around the Harbour in single file formation before docking at Pier 8. Prominent vantage points to watch the parade include Pier 8, Bayfront & Pier 4 Parks, York Boulevard Bridge, Burlington Canal and Fisherman’s Pier, Eastport Drive, and LaSalle and Bayshore Parks in Burlington. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to witness the spectacle of 11 Tall Ships gracing Hamilton’s beautiful Waterfront. In addition to deck tours and harbour cruises, visitors will enjoy family-friendly and nautical-themed activities, music on the Waterfront Stage featuring great musicians from Hamilton’s thriving music scene, and a plethora of food vendors. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster will conduct multiple fly-overs of the Waterfront on July 1 between the hours of 11am and 2:30pm.

RDV 2017 offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a crew member on one of the Tall Ships. For information about sail training, visit www.rdv2017.com/en/trainee

June 30 to July 1, 2017
Parade of Sail, June 30, 2 to 4pm
Free Deck Tours, July 1, 11am to 5pm

Ticketed Harbour Cruises, July 1, Adults: $30; Ages 2-17: $25 Buy on-line starting June 1
Pier 8, Discovery Drive, Hamilton

Empire Sandy

Ship Master: Eric Rogers

 

Empire Sandy Tall Ship sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Year launch: 1943
Length: 61.89m (203 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 35.4m (116 ft.)

Crew

Professional Officers: 3
Professional Crew: 25
Homeport: Toronto, Ontario

She was built as an Englishman/Larch Deep Sea class tugboat for war service by the British Government in 1943. After the end of World War II she was renamed Ashford and then Chris M before reverting to the original name of Empire Sandy and being converted to a schooner during the 1970's and early 80's. Her new career as a passenger certified-schooner began in the mid 1980's.

Empire Sandy has become a popular attraction for numerous Tallship and Waterfront festivals on the Great Lakes.

For additional information, please visit www.empiresandy.com

 

Pathfinder

 

Pathfinder Tallship sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: Canada
Year launch: 1963
Length: 18.23m (60 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 15.54m (51 ft.)

Crew

Professional Crew: 12
Trainees: 18
Homeport: Toronto, Ontario

Pathfinder is the first ship built for Toronto Brigantine Inc and the second of three sister ships designed and built by Francis A. MacLachlan. She was purpose built for sail training and officially launched in 1964 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In the summertime, you can find Pathfinder sailing all over the Great Lakes alongside her sister ship, Playfair. Pathfinder is operated by the charitable organization Toronto Brigantine Inc. Founded in 1962; the program’s founding tenants are to aid youth in the development of leadership, discipline and citizenship within the marine community. Toronto Brigantine believes that exposure to the challenges of a seagoing lifestyle have a positive and long-lasting effect on youth. Toronto Brigantine offers a summer sailing program for youth 13-18 to challenge themselves, build character and learn the fundamentals of sailing a traditionally rigged vessel.

For information about Sail Training opportunities visit www.torontobrigantine.org

 

Playfair

 

Playfair Tallship sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: Canada
Year launch: 1973
Length: 22m (72 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 18m (59 ft.)

Crew

Professional Crew: 12
Trainees: 18
Homeport: Toronto, Ontario

Playfair is the second ship built for Toronto Brigantine Inc and the last of three sister ships designed by Francis A. MacLachlan. She was officially launched in 1973 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and was commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In the summertime, you can find Playfair sailing all over the Great Lakes alongside her sister ship, Pathfinder.  Playfair is operated by the charitable organization Toronto Brigantine Inc. Founded in 1962; the program’s founding tenants are to aid youth in the development of leadership, discipline and citizenship within the marine community. Toronto Brigantine believes that exposure to the challenges of a seagoing lifestyle have a positive and long-lasting effect on youth. Toronto Brigantine offers a summer sailing program for youth 13-18 to challenge themselves, build character, and learn the fundamentals of sailing a traditionally rigged vessel. 

For information about Sail Training opportunities visit www.torontobrigantine.org


 

Niagara

Ship Master: William Sabatini

 

Niagara Tall ship sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: USA
Year launch: 1988
Length: 60m (198 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 36m (118 ft.)

Crew

Professional Officers: 4
Professional Crew: 14
Trainees: 31
Homeport: Erie, Pennsylvania

The U.S. Brig Niagara is the reconstructed relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. On September 10, 1813, nine ships defeated a British squadron of six vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie, a pivotal event in the War of 1812. The U.S. Brig Niagara, a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel, was launched in Erie in 1988 - the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. Niagara sails the Great Lakes, preserving and interpreting the story of the Battle of Lake Erie, and acting as an ambassador in her capacity as the flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a Sailing School Vessel, her crew of professionals and trainees actively preserve the skills of square-rig seamanship. 

For information on how to sail on Niagara visit www.flagshipniagara.org or www.brigniagara.wordpress.com

 

Wylde Swan

Ship Master: Fosse Fortuin

 

Wylde Swan tall ship sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: Germany
Year launch: 1920 / 2010
Length: 60 m
Height of Rig above waterline: 40m

Crew

Professional Officers: 4
Professional Crew: 10
Trainees: 36
Homeport: The Netherlands, Makkum (Friesland)

The Dutch sailing vessel Wylde Swan is a ship built for speed. She started life as a motor vessel in the 1920’s and brought fresh herring from the fishing grounds to markets ashore. Now Wylde Swan is a fierce competitor in the Tall Ships Races. She was relaunched in June 2010 as a two-masted topsail schooner, with worldwide certification as a sail training vessel.

For information about Sail Training opportunities visit www.wyldeswan.com
For a digital flyer email info@wyldeswan.com

 

Mist of Avalon

Ship Master: Jason Bolt

 

Mist of Avalon sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: Canada
Year launch: 1967
Length: 30.48m (100 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 22.86m (75 ft.)

Crew

Professional Officers: 2
Professional Crew: 6
Homeport: Halifax, Nova Scotia

The ship was built by MacLean Shipbuilding in Nova Scotia to work the Banks fishing for the cod that were her reason for being. In 1987 this once proud vessel was left abandoned at a Halifax pier and in 1992 Captain George Mainguy started converting her to a 19th century Grand Banks. In the summer of 1997 the ship returned to sea for her maiden voyage under sail for the fleet journey to rendezvous with the replica of John Cabot's "Mathew" at Bonavista, Newfoundland. Since that time she has appeared in numerous films and documentaries in addition to being a star attraction at maritime festivals.

For additional information visit www.mistofavalon.org

 

Appledore V

Ship Master: David Leanza

 

Appledore V sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: USA
Year launch: 1992
Length: 19.91m (65 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 20.73m (68 ft.)

Crew

Professional Officers: 2
Professional Crew: 2
Trainees: 6
Homeport: Bay City, MI

Appledore V is one of five schooners commissioned by Herb and Doris Smith for world voyaging. The Smith’s adventures aboard their vessels are chronicled in two books, “Dreams of Natural Places” and “Sailing Three Oceans.” Appledore V was built by Treworgy Yacht in Palm Coast, Florida and launched in 1992. She was purchased by the Traverse City Tall Ship Company and sailed for a time on Lake Michigan under the name Westwind. BaySail acquired her in 2002, changed her name back to Appledore V and put her to work as platform for delivering environmental education and sail training programs.

For information about Sail Training opportunities visit www.baysailbaycity.org

 

Black Jack

 

Black Jack tall ship sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: Scotland
Year launch: 1904
Length: 27m (89 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 18m

Crew

Professional Officers: 2
Professional Crew: 4
Trainees: 12

Built as a steam tug in Scotland in 1904, this ship made her way to Canada to work in the logging industry in the Upper Ottawa River. In 1952, the ship was converted into a brigantine by the late Captain Thomas G. Fuller. She made her sail training debut in 1983 and in the summer of 1984 attended the 450th Anniversary of Jacques Cartier's Landing in Quebec City. Since then, Black Jack has remained on the Ottawa River where she is the focal point of the Black Jack Island Adventure Camp for youth. She sails this summer in company sister ship Fair Jeanne.

For information about Sail Training opportunities visit www.tallshipsadventure.org

 

Fair Jeanne

Ship Master: Corey Hamilton

 

Fair Jeanne tall ship sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: Canada
Year launch: 1982
Length: 36.27m (119 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 24.39m (80 ft.)

Crew

Professional Officers: 2
Professional Crew: 10
Trainees: 24
Homeport: Ottawa, ON

Fair Jeanne was designed and built by Captain Thomas G. Fuller at his home in Britannia-on-the-Bay in Ottawa, Ontario. The keel was laid in 1978 and she was launched in 1982. Fair Jeanne was sailed by Capt. Fuller and his wife, Jeanne (now patron of Bytown Brigantine Inc.) in the Caribbean and to his old haunts in the European Seas. The ship has logged over 150,000 miles (240,000 km) in service.  The charitable foundation Bytown Brigantine Inc. operates Fair Jeanne as a sail training vessel for youth and the young-at-heart on the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

For information about Sail Training opportunities visit www.tallshipsadventure.org

 

Denis Sullivan

Ship Master: Tiffany J. Krihwan

 

Denis Sullivan Tallship Sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: USA
Year launch: 2000
Length: 41.75m (137 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 28.9m (95 ft.)

Crew

Professional Officers: 4
Professional Crew: 6
Trainees: 22
Homeport: Milwaukee, WI

The construction of the Denis Sullivan was first proposed in 1991 by a group of Milwaukee residents and volunteers from other states. Their plan was to build a tall ship which would serve as a platform for educating people about the Great Lakes. Community involvement was welcome in the project, and almost a thousand people donated almost a million volunteer hours toward the Denis Sullivan's construction. Through the efforts of both professional shipwrights and volunteers, the Denis Sullivan was partially completed and launched in June 2000. She departed Milwaukee for her first sail to the Caribbean in November 2000.

For information about Sail Training opportunities visit www.discoveryworld.org/exhibits/sailing-vessel-denis-sullivan

 

St. Lawrence II

Ship Master: Liam Barclay & Chris Chafe

 

St. Lawrence Tall Ship Sailing

Ship Details

Country of Origin: Canada
Year launch: 1953
Length: 21.84m (72 ft.)
Height of Rig above waterline: 17.07m (56 ft.)

Crew

Professional Officers: 2
Professional Crew: 4
Trainees: 12
Youth Leaders: 5
Homeport: Kingston, ON

The St. Lawrence II is “The ship that a community built, and the ship that builds communities”. Launched in 1953 as a sail training ship by young Naval Architects Francis MacLachlan and Mike Eames, the ship was completely funded through community donations & support. She has proven to be as safe and seaworthy as she is an effective platform for the programming. Normal voyaging waters: The ship sails Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River from Kingston, Ontario, the “Freshwater Sailing Capital of the World”. This strategic base of operation allows for easy access to the ship for a large number of participants. The ship will occasionally make voyages to the Maritimes, the Upper lakes, and New England.

For information about Sail Training opportunities visit www.brigantine.ca or email info@brigantine.ca