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  • suthren@magma.ca
    Naval Establishment Crown Forces North America General Signal NE/CFNA Squadron to gain New Flagship The Naval Establishment, Crown Forces North America, is
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2005
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      Naval Establishment
      Crown Forces North America

      General Signal

      NE/CFNA Squadron to gain New Flagship

      The Naval Establishment, Crown Forces North America, is pleased to forward the news that the 30-ton replica 19th Century topsail schooner BUCCANEER has been acquired by a consortium headed by Naval Establishment Post Captain Vernon Fairhead of Shawville, Quebec. The vessel will commence a major refit in mid-October with a view to commencing operations on the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River in 2006.

      BUCCANEER is a bluff-bowed vessel of heavy scantlings and thoroughgoing traditional "Pinky" gaff rig design, with channels, shrouds and ratlines, and is Maine-built, with oceangoing capabilities. All lines and gear are traditional. Hidden in the vessel is an auxilary engine and full suite of Coast Guard/Ministry of Transport-approved safety and navigational gear. Captain Fairhead has indicated he intends to complete her refit and appearance to RN/Provincial Marine standards, and will fit guns, both truck and swivel, to complete her armament battery. The vessel will be sailed by core crew, and rotating volunteer crew, in historical dress and flying appropriate ensigns and pennants. A supporting Society is being set up to assist Captain Fairhead and his partners in the administration, operation and maintenance of BUCCANEER.

      I have the Honour to be
      Gentlemen
      Yours with great Regard

      Victor Suthren

      Captain

      Staff Officer (Fleet)
      Naval Establishment
      Crown Forces North America

      G O D S A V E T H E K I N G .

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