Three Small Brigantines, by Claus Heinecke

It was back in 1985 that Alan Hazell commissioned Claus Heinecke to create “Three Small Brigantines”.  Alan Hazell is a Founding Member and Lifetime Member of Toronto Brigantine Inc from when we were founded in 1962.   Al Hazel recalls how the watercolour came to be:

I asked Claus to do the picture since he set it in Prince Edward County. During the 70’s, when we ran the summer training base on Waupoos Island in the County, Pathfinder, and later, Playfair, would sail in each weekend,  discharge their present crews, then have the newly trained crews board for their one or two-week cruises. It is interesting to note that during one summer, we had all three vessels, including St Lawrence II  from Kingston alongside. That is when we trained three crews each consisting of 18 participants! How appropriate that Claus used County as the setting; in a part of Ontario with a very interesting marine history.
At the same time, my parents lived here and my wife, June and I, made the decision to move and purchase some land not far from Waupoos Island in 1985. My involvement with T.B.I. was diminishing then; I had spent from 1963 to the late 70’s running the shore bases in both the St. Catharines Sea Cadet base up to 1970, then on Waupoos.  Maurice Smith, Pathfinders first skipper, ‘discovered’  that part of the island, owned by the Oblate Fathers(Ottawa), were not using it as a retreat, and could make it available for us.
So, I guess, I wanted a lasting memory of this new and vibrant sail training organization whose brigantines spent many years sailing in and around the County where I was to live.

The original painting of Three Small Brigantine’s is still owned and admired by Alan and his family and friends!

The original watercolour was first shown at the Kingston and Toronto Marine Museums.

Later, Alan permitted a limited edition version of these prints as a fundraising initiative for Toronto Brigantine.

The first two prints (#1 and #2) were auctioned off.  Print #1 was auctioned off at a crew party and Richard Birchall was the purchaser at that time.  Print #2 was auctioned off to Jamie Tannanill at the first Pirates Ball that was attended by Alan Hazell and Maurice Smith among other TBI alumni at the time.   There are 6 copies of the lithograph prints in the collection at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.

Where in the World are the Remaining Three Small Brigantine prints. If you have one, do let us know!

Toronto Brigantine still has 29 of the original Limited Edition Three Small Brigantine prints. These  remaining prints are autographed by the artist, Claus Heinecke and are NOW available for sale to Marine Art enthusiasts and Toronto Brigantine supporters alike.   If you are interested in obtaining a print, please call or e-mail us at the office.  All proceeds from the sale of these prints go towards our youth sail training program.

  • Three Small Brigantines
  • Signed by Artist Claus Heinecke
  • Limited edition /340, last 29 left
  • Watercolour on paper
  • 26×36 in
  • Cost $1,000
  • Tax receipt for $750 with each purchase
  • Framing add $300
  • Applicable taxes additional

Here is the unframed print.


Here is the framed print.

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