Tall Ships Brockville

Tall Ships Brockville

I'm going to the Brockville Tall Ships Festival in 2019

Black Jack

Flag – Canada

Type of Ship – Brigantine

Home Port – Brockville, ON

LOA – 87 ft
Beam –  14 ft
Draft – 6.0 ft

History –  Captain T G Fuller DSC** MID RCNVR. Was in command of flotillas of motor torpedo boats. He was awarded the Distinguished service Cross three times for his daring exploits that revolutionized small boat warfare. On returning home from the war he eyed the hull of the G B Pattee II, a steel tug boat that was built as a kit in Scotland and shipped to, assembled and launched in Quyon Quebec, on the upper Ottawa River on May 2, 1904. (8 years before the Titanic). He bought the Hull for $400 in 1952 and converted her into a brigantine. The Chrysalis turned into the Butterfly. Normally the Black Jack is land locked on the Upper Ottawa River.

In 1984 Simon Fuller and a crew of 17 , all under the age of 18 , Portaged the Black Jack and headed off for 100 days to Quebec City and the Great Lakes as Part of Tall Ships Rendezvous 84′ to mark the 450th year of discovery by Cartier, the following Year the ship went to NY NY for Operation Sail 86 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

Simon then founded Bytown Brigantine and since 1987 the Black Jack, as part of Bytown Brigantine’s Tall Ship Island Adventure Camp, has helped hundreds of youth teach new heights aboard her decks and aloft.

Black Jack regularly graces the Brockville waterfront and can be found sailing in the St. Lawrence River or at the base of the Tall Ships Landing building.

Black Jack is maintained with a lot of elbow grease. If you are keen, have an aptitude for the traditions inherent in square rigged sailing and want to volunteer, introduce yourself to the crew.

Website: www.tallshipsadventure.org

Specialty Tickets:

The Black Jack will be offering an adult sailing adventure on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

What is an Adventure Sail?

An Adventure Sail is a hands-on sailing experience offered by three visiting tall ships.

Become part of the crew of Brockville’s tall ships, Fair Jeanne and Black Jack and visiting St. Lawrence II for an immersive tall ship adventure.  During this hands-on experience you will take the helm, set the sails, learn about reading charts and experience first hand how to sail a tall ship. This is your opportunity to live the adventure of tall ship sailing!  Sail “trainees” must be aged 12+ and be able to move around the ship without mobility aids.  Closed-toe, flat, rubber soled shoes are required.

This is not a sightseeing or pleasure cruise but a hands-on sailing experience.

What are the dates and times of the Adventure Sails?

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

What is the cost of a Hands On Sailing Adventure?

We are pleased to be able to offer the adventure sail at the same rate as our other sail out cruises, at $40 per person (plus applicable fees).
Includes 1 general admission festival wristband*.

*Cruises and reception tickets do not include a Festival Passport. However, if you would like to upgrade your general admission wristband (included in your ticket price) you will have the option to do so at the time of purchase. Please note that the upgrade option is ONLY available at the time of purchase and general admission cannot be traded in or upgraded at a later date. The upgrade option is available for specialty ticket purchases only.

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