Tall Ships Brockville

Information about the Brockville Tall Ships Festival that happens every 3 years, and the Big River Festival which is on every summer

Empire Sandy

Flag – Canada

Type of Ship – Tern Schooner

Home Port – Toronto, Ontario

Beam – 30 ft
Draft – 13 ft
Mast – 116 ft
Sail Area – 11,000 sq ft
Passenger Capacity –  275
Crew Compliment – 25

History – The Empire Sandy is a tall ship providing chartered tours for the public from Toronto, Canada. She was built as an Englishman/Larch Deep Sea class tugboat for war service by the British Government in 1943. After the war she was renamed to Ashford and then Chris M, before reverting to the original name of Empire Sandy and being converted to a schooner.

Website – http://www.empiresandy.com

Festival Location – Blockhouse Island Parkway  – NEW location!

Please note: this ship will be taking people on cruises throughout festival (details below) and will therefore not be available for deck tours during the event.

Specialty Tickets:

Parade of Sail Cruises (90 minutes aboard the Empire Sandy):

Friday, August 30th, 2019

  • Empire Sandy – Boarding 2:30 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 3:30 pm. Parade of Sail to begin at approximately 4:00 pm.

Dinner Cruises (3 hours aboard the Empire Sandy):

  • Friday August 30th, 2019 Dinner Cruise: Boarding at 6:30 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Saturday, August 31st, 2019 Dinner Cruise: Boarding at 6:30 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Sunday, September 1st, 2019 Dinner Cruise: Boarding at 6:30 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Sail outs (90 minutes aboard the Empire Sandy):

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

  • Day Sail Boarding 9:15 am from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 9:30 – 11:15 am.
  • Day Sail Boarding 11:30 am from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 11:45 am  – 1:30 pm.
  • Day Sail Boarding 1:45 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 2:00 – 3:45 pm.

Sunday September 1st, 2019

  • Day Sail Boarding 9:15 am from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 9:30 – 11:15 am.
  • Day Sail Boarding 11:30 am from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 11:45 am  – 1:30 pm.
  • Day Sail Boarding 1:45 pm from Blockhouse Island, Sailing from 2:00 – 3:45 pm.

All dinner cruises and sail outs will be boarding from Blockhouse Island.

Tickets are limited – please purchase early if you wish to attend one of these sails.  All tickets are non-exchangeable, non-refundable. Event is rain or shine