Toronto Brigantine ran the shorebase program on Waupoos Island from 1971 through 1976.
Waupoos Island (40) is in Prince Edward Bay at the east end of Lake Ontario. [Photo provided by Jurgen Braunohler, TBI alumnus 1973-1975].
Waupoos Island location was first opened in 1971 with Al Hazel as Director. Al Hazel continued as Director of the shorebase program at Waupoos Island through to 1976 when the Waupoos Island location was closed. Over the years, Al Hazel had anumber of XO’s and Officers working with him.
- In 1971, Stan Bydal was XO at Waupoos. Derek Wulff was also an instructor there that year.
- In 1973, Doug James joined Al Hazel as Captain, David Mather as XO.
- In 1974, Guy ? was Captain with Al. Doug Galvin was CPO at Waupoos Island that year as well.
- In 1976, Richard Birchall was XO.
- In 1977, Waupoos Island’s shorebase program was closed.
The program included one week of shore training followed by another week sailing aboard Pathfinder.
Here is Pathfinder at Waupoos Island 1972 [photo provided by Paul Clarke Jul 2012].
Here is Pathfinder, Playfair and Trident all togeter at Waupoos Island Camp, 1974. [photo provided by Heather Anne Bell, Jul 2012].
Here is Pathfinder docked at Waupoos Island, behind the 37 foot cutter Trident, used for overnight trips and as a stepping stone to the larger vessel. [Photo provided by Jurgen Braunohler, TBI alumnus 1973-1975].
At Waupoos Island, the trainees stayed at the barracks known as the “Seamen’s Block” [Photos provided by Jurgen Braunohler, TBI alumnus 1973-1975].
There were three other boats operating out of Waupoos Island over the 6 years there. These p-boats (22-foot lifeboats) were Pilot (skipper Dean Powell) and Pequod (skipper Dave Hughes, future Playfair captain) and Pegasus (Skipper Randy Dittums).
Here is a photo of Pegasus. [Photo submitted by Jurgen Braunohler, TBI alumnus 1973-1975].
Harvey the Rabbit was the mascot for Waupoos through the years. [Photo submitted by Jurgen Braunohler, TBI alumnus 1973-1975].
Toronto Brigantine’s Winter Program now operates out of Marine West Quay in Toronto. After putting in over 10,000 volunteer hours working on the boats and training this winter, this Season’s Crew are ready to set sail with their first Summer Program trainees are scheduled to set sail just this afternoon on their way to Port Dover.
To book your berth for our tall ship sail training program this summer, contact the office today. www.torontobrigantine.org
Pathfinder Docked at Waupoos Island, 1975 [Photo provided by Jurgen Braunohler, TBI alumnus 1973-1975].