Maurice Smith, Pathfinder’s First Captain

Maurice Smith was one of the founding members of Toronto Brigantine right from our very beginning of the 1960s and is a lifetime member of Toronto Brigantine.  He is a regular visitor to the vessels and was just visiting at the boats this Spring.

He was Captain of Pathfinder from 1963 through 1977.

Here is a picture of him at the helm of Pathfinder in 1974 on a sail from Kingston to Sacket Harbor with a crew of trainees.  [Photo provided by Jurgen  with this Caption: “Captain Maurice Smith, Pathfinder’s first skipper, in a clowning mood and hamming it up at the helm (62). He’s holding the emergency back-up tiller, more effective that day in handling the shifting puffs of air” ]

Captain Smith has been with us for many of the milestones of Toronto Brigantine, 13 years as Captain of Pathfinder  …. and attending our 25th anniversary celebrations … and we look forward to hearing more stories from him about his TBI experiences as we approach our 50th anniversary.

Maurice Smith, with Rick Sullivan, came to speak to the Toronto Brigantine Officers and Officers at a Career Night in December 2011  that Mike Ellis, TBI Board Member and Parent Liason organized. He had such great, entertaining stories and solid advice to the officers as they consider their future career paths [Pictures to follow].

Maurice is about to finish up a new book… You should check out (and BUY) some of his previous books including “Steamboats on the Lakes”.

After leaving Toronto Brigantine, Maurice went on to be curator and founding member at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.  He is now Curator Emeritus at the Museum. There are loads of interesting things to see at the Museum including the original plans for both Playfair and Pathfunder and other artifacts, photos and documents about Toronto Brigantine. It is worth a visit to the Museum if you are in Kingston.

We look forward to collecting stories from Maurice and others as we work towards gathering TBI history for our 50th anniversary celebrations. HOLD THE DATE: November 10, 2012 for the celebration kick offs.

And we also look forward to hearing from the hundreds of TBI Officers and Trainees that have stories to share of their experiences under Skipper Smith.

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  1. […] Honourary Chairman Paul Phelan, from Francis MacLachlan – he designed the boats of course and  Maurice Smith -he was our first Captain.  Among lots of other TBI friends in attendence there was also in […]

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