Remembering turning 25, 1989

Toronto Brigantine turned 25 in 1989. That was when our offices were on Maple Leaf Quay (283 Queens Quay West). That was when we were just finishing up the deck replacement for the Pathfinder. That was the year that the Yachtsmen’s Spring Thaw Luncheon had 500 people in attendence and raised over 12,000 for Toronto Brigantine’s bursary and operations funds thanks to the efforts of Marjorie Patterson and her team of Shellbacks and TBI supporters. That was the year of the 20th anniversary of the Deep Sea Award, which was presented to Mark Allen.  That was the year that Captain’s Bruce Macdonald and David Perry “retired” and Captain’s Jim Barry and Ron Bessey were commissions as the new captains of Playfair and Pathfinder respectively. Peter Bishop and Chuck Gauthier were commissioned as Captains of the two sloops, Velerita and Douglas Hay.

That was the year that we participated in Belleville’s Waterfront Festival and another Sackets Harbor 1812 battle reenactment – this time with water bombs added. Not to mention other ports of call in Cobourg, Welland Canal’s Lock 2, Port Colborne’s Canal Days, Buffalo’s Historic Lighthouse anniversary celebration and Detroits’s St Aubin Park Marina among others.

And that was the year of an amazing 25th anniversary Gala honouring TBI Founders. The “party” was at RCYC’s Island Clubhouse, with guests shuttling over on Kwasind and Hiawatha with the fireboat William Lyon Mackenzie providing a show.

[The Fall 1989 TBI Newsletter, came from the collection of TBI Alumnus, Rick Moore]

The Scarborough Sea Cadets honored guests with with a sunset ceremony.  Speeches were included – from Honorable Lincoln Alexander, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario who unveiled a plaque honouring the Founders, from Honourary Chairman Paul Phelan, from Francis MacLachlan – he designed the boats of course and  Maurice Smith -he was our first Captain.  Among lots of other TBI friends in attendence there was also in attendence Garf and Mary Lorriman with five of their six sons, Alan Hazell and Padre Keith Gleed.

Don’t forget to hold the date for our 50th Anniversary. The Festivities are scheduled for November 10, 2011 with activities throughout the weekend. Richard Birchall is the committee chair for this upcoming event. See you all there.


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