Many tall ship sailors admire the “cut” of the sail in this picture. Appparently the topsail was on loan from our sister boat, St Lawrence II and the mainsail may have been the one cut from the old RCYC Schooner “Patricia” [Source: Richard Birchall, Feb 2012].
Summer 1964 was Pathfinders first real sail season
After their first winter program in Toronto where Captain Maurice Smith and Alan Hazell organized youth and adult volunteers to help fit out the boat, the following summer (Summer 1964) was Pathfinder’s first real season.
They also used the vessel Renown, a schooner from the Sea Cadet Corps in St. Catherines as a shore training base to teach the new crews the basics of sailing before they came aboard Pathfinder for their trip.
That first summer was filled to capacity. Eighteen new teenage boys stepped aboard each week, from the first to the last.
Pathfinder was officially commissioned in July 1964, presided over by the retired Governor General, Vincent Massey.
Later that summer, the Christian Radich came to Toronto, offering an opportunity to exchange officers and information, as well as have first-hand interaction with the program that inspired the Lorrimans to create the Toronto Brigantine program.
That first year, Pathfinder sailed with borrowed sails. Here is a picture of her then. [Picture from TBI files, source not documented.]
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