Doug Hunter was a TBI Alumni from 1965-1969. He sailed aboard the NONSUCH – not sure how much of the journey that he sailed. But what a fascinating chance to participate in a historical event like this.
- The Nonsuch was commissioned in 1967 by HBC to celebrate their tercentenary in 1970 as a replica of the original Nonsuch. The original Nonsuchwas the two-masted ketch and was 37 feet long on the keel and 53 feet long and 15 feet wide [much smaller than Pathfinder and Playfair]. Nonsuch had a crew of 12 men in peace and 24 in wartime, also carring six to eight small cannons.
- The replica Nonsuch was decorated with ornate carvings that were the work of Jack Whitehead of the Isle of Wight. [Jack Whitehead also carved the lost and then found Pathfinder figurehead, Pocohontas (Poco). Poco was lost in a storm in 1978 and found several years later and is now displayed at Port Dover Marine Museum].
- Nonsuch that sailed into Hudson Bay in 1668-1669, the first trading voyage for what was to become Hudson’s Bay Company two years later.
- The replica was built in England. After sailing in Europe, the replica Nonsuch was shipped to Canada. It sailed up Atlantic Coast down the St-Lawrence. Then she sailed around Lake Ontario in 1970 and 1971 through the Toronto Harbour and through the Welland Canada into Lake Erie and as far as Chicago. In 1972, she was trailered to Seattle and sailed up to BC – a total of 14,000 kms. In 1973, she was presented by HBC to the citizens of Manitoba and placed on permanent display in 1973 at the Nonsuch Gallery at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg.
- OK Schenk, who also did some fabulous watercolours of TBI’s brigantine’s, created this one “The Nonsuch at Sea”. [ A plaque on the frame is inscribed ‘Nonsuch presented to James Richard Murray by his colleagues in the Hudson Bay Company, December 1972’ Provenance: Property from the estate of James Richard Murray and Sarah Gene Murray, Calistoga, California]
- Captain Adrian Small was her skipper. Captain Small kept personal records of this Voyage in “Adrian Small fonds”. These records indicate Nonsuch and Pathfinder encountered each other at Toronto on August 22 & 24, 1970, at Port Credit on September 6, 1970, and at Toronto on June 14, 1971. According to entries in Adrian Small’s logs, Maurice Smith came on board on Aug. 22. Nine Port Credit Sea Scouts and others were passengers on the Nonsuchon Sept. 6 at Port Credit. [thanks to Marcia Stentz at Hudson’s Bay Company Archives for looking it up].
- Keith J. Duffield, as guest of the skipper and at special request of Captain Adrian Small to train onboard Pathfinder in the Fall of 197I, and was invited to join the Nonsuch crew in June 1971 for the Great Lakes Tour.
- Jurgen Brauhohler, a TBI alumnus from 1973 to 1975, wrote an article about Nonsuch’s North American journeys in Flotilla, News and Views from the Outer Harbour Centreboard Club, Oct 2008, page 3.
- Click here for picture of vessel at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- Here is a picture of Nonsuch arriving in Tacoma.
- Here is a newspaper clipping of the vessel at Welland Canal.
TBI inherited Nonsuch‘s day boat “Shallop” that was used for a while at Waupoos Island. The Nonsuch sloop was in TBI’s possession from August 1971 to November 1974, when it was shipped to the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg. The diesel engine from the Shallop was later used in “Pursuit” which was used as the ferry boat for Waupoos Island.
The records of the Nonsuch replica, including Adrian Small’s logs, are available at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba. These records were donated to HBCA by HBC in 2007