Niagara-on-the-Lake will be the scene of the Navy Festival of 1812 . It is going to be a spectacular event with a large ground battle in addition to the battle at sea with the 1812 Squadron including vessels Pathfinder, Playfair, St. Lawrence II, Faire Jeanne, La Revenante and Caledonian. Toronto Brigantine’s own Captain Neale has been named Vice Commodore of the Squadron.
The Caledonian, will act the role of a small picket schooner ahead of the Squadron and all the ships will be flying the “1812 Colors”. Here is a picture of Caledonian under the 1812 colours.
The crew of the 1812 Squadron will be dressed in period costume like the ones worn by the navel re-enactors shown here [picture to follow].
This squadron of traditional sailing vessels, with crews in 1812-era dress, will all rendezvous at Toronto on July 13, for their “Conference of Captains” before setting sail for Niagara on the Lake the next morning. There they will be part of a major commemoration of the role of sailors in the War of 1812.
This isn’t the first time that Toronto Brigantine has participated in naval reenactments. One other such event was STV Pathfinder and TS Playfair at re-enactment at Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown NY
TS Playfair with Old Fort Niagara at Youngstown in the background. Pathfinder was there too.
We look forward to the 1812 Events this summer, here in Toronto and then in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Sailors Wanted. Teenagers can sign up for crew for the NOTL 1812 event in Course 2 of 2012 Summer Program or choice from other courses around the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay later in the summer. Enlist today!
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