Approaching 50 years … TBI’s Major Milestones
There are lots of events to celebrate from our Toronto Brigantine history.
- May 13, 1962: The letters patent were signed and Toronto Brigantine Incorporated was registered as a charitable organization.
- Nov 10, 1962: The laying of the Pathfinder Keel, at Kingston Shipyards.
- May 6, 1963: The launch of Pathfinder
- Jul 1964: The Commissioning of Pathfinder by Vincent Massey
- 1967: Sailing to Expo 1967 in Montreal
- 1970: The founding of the Deep Sea Awards .
- 1971: Guest aboard the Nonsuch while on the Great Lakes in Fall 1971.
- 1971-1977: Setting up the Summer Base on Waupoos Islnd in 1971 and later its closing in 1977.
- 1971: The nomination of the first female watch officer, Heather Sampson.
- Jan 13, 1973: The laying of the Playfair’s keel.
- May 1973: PLAYFAIR was launched in Kingston near the end of May 1973.
- Jun 27, 1973: The naming of Playfair by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II .
- 1973: The first girls overnight programs were started.
- Jul 24, 1974: The Commissioning of Playfair by Honorable Dennis R Trimbrell .
- 1976: Participating in Opsail 76 in New York City.
- 1980 was the year of the first coed programs and the first females in the wardroom.
•In 1984, the vessels participated in the Great Lakes Rendezvous tall ships gathering in Toronto.
- Jun 1989 TBI celebrates 25 years and 5,000+ sail trainees at a gala event at Royal Canadian Yacht Club TBI BRIGANTINE GROUP MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF PATHFINDER Whig Standard Jun 1989
- 1995 Pathfinder underwent a major refit with some of her hull plating replaced.
- 1998: TBI wins the “Great Lakes Challenge”, the Chicago to South Haven portion of the Tall Ship race, and is granted the ASTA Black Pearl award
And more to add….