Flag – Canada
Type of Ship – Brigantine
Home Port – Ottawa, ON (Britannia Yacht Club)
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 (print depicts the Black Jack off Quyon as she was originally and then on her 100th Birthday!) 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 the100th 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. As part of Rendezvous 2017, Black Jack will be returning to Quebec City next year along with her much younger sister , the Fair Jeanne, to celebrate Canada’s 150th.
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.