School of the Sailor 2008, The Henry Bayfield Mission
- Greetings all!
As most of you are aware, the Crown Forces North America Naval Establishments annual School of the Sailor will take place July 18-20 at Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene, Ontario. Titled, "The Henry Bayfield Mission" this year's school will feature dockside and on the water training in the skills and techniques required for handling boats and conducting maritime survey in the fashion of Lt. Henry Bayfield RN.
(Bayfield used the Naval Establishments in Penetanguishene from 1818 to 1822 as his base of operations for the outstanding survey work of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. He then moved on to survey Lake Superior in 1823. His charts were only slightly modified until satellite imaging made them obsolete in the 1960's.)
Discovery Harbour boasts a number of reproduction and replica historic vessels including HM Schooner Bee, a transport schooner, and HM Schooner Tecumseth, a reproduction armed schooner. Both schooners (allowed the "HM" designation through Royal warrants) represent RN vessels stationed here when Penetanguishene was the "Bastion of Empire" for the colony's interior seas.
CFNANE flagship brigantine St. Lawrence II is scheduled to be docked alongside the schooners at the King's Wharf and ketch Royaliste is also expected to visit, making for an unusually large collection of traditionally rigged historic vessels in one place. Something to see, certainly..
The boats of the Lake Simcoe Squadron are expected to make the trip to Discovery Harbour for the even. They include whaleboats Royal George, Auld Alliance, Dawn Star, longboat Kestrel and "cat" schooners Lester F. Hall and Pleiades.
Other local boats that are invited and expected include Penetang Ship's Company's cutter Badger and the admiral's gig/Bantry Bay boat Vitalité (crewed by Atlantic Challenge's world racing crew).
It is hoped we can add to this flotilla with other interested boats such as Witch of Amherstburg, Surveyor, Hamilton Ship's Boat, and Provincial Marine's whaleboat Rolette and jolly boat and any others new or old I may have missed.
Individual registrations or letters of interest for the School of the Sailor are to be sent to the Lake Simcoe Squadron at:
Hope to hear from all interested parties!
School of the Sailor 2008,
"The Henry Bayfield Mission"
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