The Ships

Toronto Brigantine Inc. operates the sail-training vessels STV Pathfinder and TS Playfair. Both vessels were purpose designed and built as sail training vessels for TBI by Francis A. McLachlan in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Pathfinder and Playfair were launched in 1963 and 1974 respectively, TS Playfair being christened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Each vessel carries a complement of 28 people, 18 new sailors, called trainees, 4 petty officers, 6 Wardroom officers and the Captain. The Trainees are divided into 3 watches and a Petty Officer assigned to each watch. The Wardroom consists of 3 officers commanding each watch, the Cook, and the Bosun who conducts maintenance and repairs while at sea. The Executive Officer co-ordinates the daily operation of the vessel and is the main liaison between the Wardroom officers and the Captain. Aside from Captain, the entire ship’s complement is between 13 and 18 years of age.

A brigantine is a two-masted square-rigged sailing vessel with fore-and-aft rigged sails on the mainmast. This is distinct from a brig that has square sails on both masts. The name comes from the Italian word brigantino meaning a pirate ship and was associated with the vessels favoured by them in the Mediterranean. 

TS Playfair

The following specifications are for the Training Ship Playfair built for Toronto Brigantine Inc. as a sail training vessel. She was commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1973, and remains the only Canadian ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch.

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Specification Value

  Year Built

  1973

  Designer

  Francis A. MacLachlan

  Location Built

  Kingston, Ontario, Canada

  Builder

  Canada Dredge and Dock Co.

  Hull

  Welded steel, 1/4″ hull plating, 1/2″ keel plating,  frames every 2′

  Length Sparred

  22m (72′)

  Length Overall

  18.23m (59.8′)

  Length Waterline

  14m (45′)

  Beam

  4.5m (15′)

  Freeboard

  0.8m (2.6′)

  Draft

  2.5m (8′)

  Registered Tonnage

  32.98 tons

  Displacement

  47 tons

  Ballast

  10 tons

  Foremast Height

  16m (52′)

  Mainmast Height

  167.4m (57′)

  Sail Area

  Over 250m2 (2,600 sq. ft.)

  Sails

  (Sails in bold are standard press)

  JiptopJib, Foresail, ForecourseForetopsail,     Lower Studding Sails, Upper Studding Sails,         Fisherman Staysail, Main StaysailMainsail,       Main Gaff Topsail

  Hull Speed

  8.2 knots (15.3 km/hr or 9.4 mi/hr)

  Cruising Speed

  (under sail)

  4-8 knots (7.5-14.9 km/hr or 4.6-9.2 mi/hr)

  Cruising Speed

  (under power)

  7 knots (13.1 km/hr or 8.1 mi/hr)

  Water Tank

  862 litre (228 US Gallons)

  Waste Tank

  1090 litre (288US Gallons)

  Fuel Tank

  2380 Litres (629 US Gallons)

  Engine

  Volvo D5A TA

  Engine Power

  89 kW (121 hp) at 1,900 rpm

  Complement

  Total 28:

  1 Captain

  1 First Mate

  3 Watch Officers

  1 Bosun

  1 Cook

  3 Petty Officers

  18 Trainees

 

STV Pathfinder

The following specifications are for the Sail Training Vessel Pathfinder built for Toronto Brigantine Inc. as a sail training vessel. The Pathfinder has recently retired from sail training after a long history in the Great Lakes.

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Specification Value

  Year Built

  1963

  Designer

  Francis A. MacLachlan

  Location Built

  Kingston, Ontario, Canada

  Builder

  Kingston Shipyards

  Hull

  Welded steel, 1/4″ hull plating, 1/2″ keel plating, frames every 2′

  Length Sparred

  22m (72′)

  Length Overall

  18.23m (59.8′)

  Length Waterline

  14m (45′)

  Beam

  4.5m (15′)

  Freeboard

  0.8m (2.6′)

  Draft

  2.5m (8′)

  Registered Tonnage

  31.63 tons

  Displacement

  47 tons

  Ballast

  12 tons

  Foremast Height

  16m (52′)

  Mainmast Height

  17.4m (57′)

  Sail Area

  Over 250m2 (2,600 sq. ft.)

  Sails

  (Sails in bold are standard press)

   JiptopJib, Foresail, ForecourseForetopsail,      Lower Studding Sails, Upper Studding Sails,            Fisherman Staysail, Main StaysailMainsail,        Main Gaff Topsail

  Hull Speed

  8.2 knots (15.3 km/hr or 9.4 mi/hr)

  Cruising Speed

  (under sail)

  4-8 knots (7.5-14.9 km/hr or 4.6-9.2 mi/hr)

  Cruising Speed

  (under power)

  7 knots (13.1 km/hr or 8.1 mi/hr)

  Water Tank

  854 litre (226 US Gallons)

  Waste Tank

  900 litres (238 US Gallons)

  Fuel Tank

  2380 Litres (629 US Gallons)

  Engine

  Volvo TAMD41-H

  Engine Power

  110 kW (150 hp) at 3,000 rpm

  Complement

  Total 28:

  1 Captain

  1 First Mate

  3 Watch Officers

  1 Bosun

  1 Cook

  3 Petty Officers

  18 Trainees


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