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

St. Lawrence II

Flag – Canadian

Type of Ship – Brigantine

Home Port – Kingston, ON

LOA – 72 feet

Rig height and length – 2500 square feet, 11 sails in a brigantine rig

Interesting Facts – The captain and the executive officer are usually the only people on the ship who are over 18 years of age, and they are the most qualified. The watch officers, cook, bosun and petty officers are often under 18 but they will have participated in multiple training cruises and completed further training during the winter training program

History – The sail training vessel St. Lawrence II was designed in 1952 by Francis MacLachlan and Mike Eames as Canada’s original tall ship purpose built for youth training programs. The brigantine rig features 2500 square feet of canvas over 11 sails . The hull and decks of the vessel were built in 1953 by local craftsmen and sea cadets in the former Kingston Shipyard Co. drydock (now home to the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston). Owned and operated by Tall Ship Expeditions Canada, the ship cruises the Great Lakes and East Coast with a crew of trainees, petty officers, and officers—often the captain and executive officer are the only personnel on the ship over the age of 18!

Website – http://www.brigantine.ca/

Festival Location – Blockhouse Island

Visitors will need a festival passport to go on board for a deck tour. Children 5 and under are free.