TBI’s First Home in Toronto was Spadina dock 1963

After taking 6 months to build at Kingston Shipyards, Pathfinder was launched May 6,  had engine trials on May 28, and the masts stepped on May 31.  Then, Pathfinder, crewed by sea cadets, came to Toronto under engine power and docked in Toronto at 2 pm on June 3, 1963 at the T Eaton Dock at the foot of Spadina Ave. They were welcomed by 10 motor yachts and Rule Britannia being played by the Vanguard sea cadets.

This article in the Globe and Mail describes Pathfinder ‘s early days and her trip to Toronto.

TBI Globe and Mail Jun 3 1963

After her arrival in Toronto she remained moored at the foot of Spadina Road where she remained for several months.

She was essentially a bare hull, with no interior joinery below of any kind. Maurice Smith, her first captain, enlisted the help of the teenage cadets from the cadet corps he belonged to in Toronto. He soon had a dedicated group of regulars coming down to work each weekend, including numerous adults who donated their skills and time during the week.
Here is an article with photo of some of the TBI youth working on fitting out Pathfinder – mentioned are alumni Douglas McKenzie, William McMullin and Dwight Morton.  The boat is getting ready to race SLII in August.
She was tied up for most of the summer, but was rigged enough to participate in that infamous Labour Day race against the St. Lawrence II after a long night of preparation. Still without square sails or yards, it is said that Pathfinder won the first of many Brigantine races.

For more information about Toronto Brigantine’s youth sail training program, check out our website at www.torontobrigantine.org

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