Queen Elizabeth II Christened Playfair, 1973
Playfair’s naming ceremony was conducted in Kingston on Wednesday, June 27th, 1973 during the Royal visit. Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attended the ceremony, with the Queen making Playfair the first Canadian vessel ever to be named by a reigning monarch.
Here is a picture from one of the Toronto Brigantine brochures. It shows Queen Elizabeth II christening Playfair at her launching in Kingston on Jun 27, 1973, with Pathfinder docked just astern.
[Photo provided by Jurgen Braunohler from Toronto Brigintine brochure in
After Playfair’s christening she was then sailed to Toronto in a half finished condition, to be completed there by a hand-full of professional shipwrights at Pier 5, assisted by many teenaged volunteers including Jurgen Braunohler, TBI alumnus 1973-1975, that provided this picture.
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