"CROWN FORCES NORTH AMERICA"
Please inform your members
I am ordered to forward the following
L. Lozon ~ AdC
Crown Forces North America
May 27th, 2011
The Navy On The Lakes: Sailors Of 1812
July 14-16, 2012
Navy Hall and Fort George National Historic Park
Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada
The Naval Establishments is pleased to announce that in partnership with
Parks Canada, the Colonial Sailor Program (CSP) of the Directorate of Naval
History and Heritage, Ottawa, sponsors of the Dockyard Founding event at
Halifax in 2009, will sponsor a major 1812 naval event at
Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, on the weekend of July 14-16, 2012. A "tall
ship" squadron and a flotilla of longboats is planned, with contracts to be
offered by the CSP to ships and boats to allow them to participate. Boats'
crews, marine units (and infantry units known to have served afloat) will be
invited, as will naval gun crews and individual naval re-enactors. Dress is
to be that of 1812, to a high standard of accuracy. I am to serve as Event
Designer and Coordinator.
The event will be headquartered at Navy Hall, which will be available for
social functions including a planned major "Up Spirits!" for all hands. The
participants are to encamp on the grounds of Navy Hall, and in Fort George
as may be required. Provision of meals and other amenities is planned. The
Navy Hall dock will be reserved for participating longboats and bateaux, and
the "tall ship" flotilla, when not maneuvering or at anchor, will be berthed
at the Niagara-on-the-lake Sailing Club, where the longboat launch ramp is
The program will be extensive, and will include a Friday voyage over from
Toronto of the "tall ship" Squadron; a Friday evening "Meet and Greet";
shore demonstrations and public access to the encampment; a Parade in the
Town and presentation to civic authorities; an assault landing and sham
battle with 'pyro' support; rowpasts and sailpasts; the awarding of the
"Cock Of The Walk" award to the best longboat and crew, and the "Dick
Deadeye Award" to the best naval or marine re-enactor; period music in the
encampment; the now-legendary "Up Spirits!" tot of rum issue and Reception;
"runs ashore" in uniform to Niagara-on-the-lake's many fine establishments;
and additional planned activities.
I will be meeting with Parks Canada staff in NOTL Friday 3 June to begin
detailed planning, and will take part in a "recce" test voyage to NOTL from
Toronto and return, 15-17 July of this year, in the cutter "Witch of A'burg",
to assess requirements for the 2012 event.
Invitations to boat's crews, ships, and units will be forthcoming, but
expressions of interest may be directed to me, at suthren(at)magma.ca
I have the Honour to be,
With great Regard
Commodore pro tem
Crown Forces North America
(Project Head, Colonial Sailor Program).
GOD SAVE THE KING.