Special events create a great opportunity for trainees to experience other elements of the marine experience. Here are Some examples of naval battle reenactments that Toronto Brigantine has participated in over the years:
1966: Mike Leigh remembers that Playfair participated in Simcoe Reenactment with Bill Michel as Chief Officer of Guns, the Guns from Fort York. Sheraton College Arts College did an attack on Fort George.
1971: Doug Hunter and three other TBI officers participate in four legs of HBC’s Nonsuch‘s journey across Canada.
1975: the boats participated in a reenactment of the Battle of Sackets Harbor, America’s first major engagement during the War of 1812.
2003: It was the launch day of “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” was released on DVD. The location was Toronto Harbour, where Pathfinder and Playfair played out a mock sea battle. It aired on Discovery Channel’s show Daily Planet. Gord Laco was technical director on Master and commander: The Far Side of the World and appears in HBO First Look (TV series documentary)in The Making of ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’ (2003)
In 2005, the boats participated in a reenactment at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown NY.
In 2012, the boats are going to participate in the 1812 Squadron and an reenactment of 1812 battles at Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL). The 1812 Squadron will meet up on the afternoon of July 14 in Toronto, before sailing off the next morning for NOTL.
Playfair with Old Fort Niagara at Youngstown in the background. Pathfinder was there too.
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