The boats do get around… they could be in a town near you soon!

During the shoulder seasons, you will often see the boats sailing in and around the Toronto Harbor. Here is a picture poted on the Weather Channel website.   Your Weather: Pathfinder – The Weather Network.


In August 2009, both boats stopped in Port Stanley after four days sailing from Goderich, to Sarnia and then to Port Stanley. The crew were looking forward to land sourced food! posted a nice story and pictures.

In 2009, both ships sailed from Southampton to Owen Sound Harbour to coincide with the Marine and Rail Heritiage Day (source: Sun Times, Denis Langois)

In 2009,  these pictures of the boats in Little Current ON were posted on the WeatherChannel.

Jul 2009: Thanks to the Sodus Bay (Lake Ontario) blog, here is a picture of the Playfair at Sodus Bay July 2009.    Playfair was there for the Classic Boat event orgnized by Bob Wood of the Sodus Bay Captains Association.

In August 2008, Alan Gillis  met with some of the kids on TS Pathfinder, which he called “pirate ship in minature” when they were in Parry Sound and he writes it up in his blog, Through the Eye of Alan Gillis, A Writer’s Humourous Photojournal of Muskoka and Parry Sound Cottage Country,   Read  Alan’s article  here.

That same year (summer 2008),  Yvonne Berg was working on a photography documentary project.  She participated in one of the sail courses on the Georgian Bay and took video and pictures. The results of her efforts are posted here.   I rather enjoyed Yvonne’s blog that talked a little bit more about her experience on the boats with the teenagers, and how to go through all the photos and film that she created.  You can read it here.    It seems like “cramped quarters’ was a theme that trip, because both Yvonne and Alan talk about it.  Certainly when you fit 28 people on a boat that is 72 feet long, there isn’t a lot of space below deck. Part of the tall ship experiences is how you get along with others in tight spaces.

 Wow, look at the crowds welcoming Playfair at Southampton Harbour

July 2008, the vessels were hosted by The Propeller Club – there were 3,00-5,000 visitors there. And here are some great pictures of Playfair visiting the “oldest port on the Bruce Coast” (source>)

In 2007, Captain Rhys Weed on Playfair visited in Summerside (PEI) with several other tall ships including Tall Ship Iskra (from Poland), Bluenose II, Pride of Baltimore II and the Royaliste.

In 2007, both ships sail into Goderich from Cleveland, stopping on their way to Chicago next, as part of the Tall Ship Races that summer (source: Goderich Signal-Star).

In Aug 2009, the Pathfinder participated in Sault Ste Marie’s Soo Locks Sesquincentennial.and was at Kemp Marina for deck tours on a Saturday.

2007, both vessels were at the Chicago Tall Ships Rendezvous.

Most every summer that the boats sail up to Georgian Bay, they go through Killarney. Here is a picture of the boats off Killarney  taken by a passing sailor in 2005.

In July 2003, the Pathfinder, one of 13 tall ships, participating at the Ohio Bicentennial Celebration in Toledo.  There were over 100,000 paid visitors to the event.

Summer 2003, in addition to partcipating in the ASTA Tall Ship activities  including Toledo above, and the Sarnia Reunion at the end of the summer, Pathfinder had regular summer scheduled programming included stops at Amherstburg, Windsor, Sarnia, Goderich, Tobermory, Owen Sound, Parry Sound, Killarney, Little Current, and various other ports around the Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel this summer. The  Captain was Tim Pyron.  This summer the Playfair was in Kingston for the summer on charter to the Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, operating out of HMCS Ontario. I loved the short description of the summer program described here.

In 2001, both ships participated in the 2001 Tall Ships Challenge around the Great Lakes. In 2001, the port events were in Kingston, Port Colbourne, Cleveland, Detroit-Windsor, Bay City and Muskegon. And on the way back at Toronto, Oswego, Buffalo, Toledo, Sarnia, Penetanguishene, Mackinaw Island, Milwaukee and Chicago – and stoping in Detroit for its 300th birthday. A description of all the vessels in the challenge was detailed in the US Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District “Great Lakes Update” Jul 2001.

In August 1999, both TS Playfair and STV Pathfinder were in Erie PA  along with the Pride of Baltimore II.  They were berthed at the Erie Maritime Museum – which is the home of Flagship Niagara (source: Erie Times-News). The Playfair was in Erie in 1993 as well, with seven other ships taking part in Tall Ships Erie’93.  And it turns out that Erie PA is planning on hosting yet another tall ships festival again this year.  The Playfair and Pathfinder will be two of seven tall ships there that weekend. See details at Tall Ships Erie 2010 – its a fundraier for the Flagship Niagara.

In Jul 1999, both vessels were in Goderich ON, where Goderich was selected to host the Mickey Mouse Parade. There were over 30,000 visitors expected to see the parade on Saturday. One of the ships was made available for free public tours. On their way to Goderich that year, they stopped in Port Stanley ON.  Port Stanley is the lakeside end of the Port Stanley Terminal Rail from St-Thomas.

In Jun 1998, the Playfair is photographed going upbound from Port Colborne to St. Catharines through the  Welland Canal. between lock 2 and 3.  The Pathfinder was photographed too.

I also enjoyed Nicole’s entries from one of the Trainees that sailed Owen Sound to Goderich – here are her diary entriesrecalling the sail in 1988 on STV Playfair. Here are her diary entries – and here are some great pictures of a weekend sail later in 1989.


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