Category Archives: Sailing and Watercraft

Francis MacLachlan Part 3

The quote that follows is by Francis MacLachlan as an unedited note to go with the little schooner. A have been working with him over the the last year annotating photographs, curatorial style. He is now over 90, brimming with … Continue reading

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The Mowat Boat – So what is a curator Anyway

  So what is a Curator Anyway? First and certainly important for me is that it is one of the best jobs in the world. Now having said that there are some challenges the first being that you must have … Continue reading

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Thomas Bingley Fuller Benson Part 1

Thomas Bingley Fuller Benson Thomas Bingley Fuller Benson. 1876 to 1941. The bare facts are there, in an obit and certainly in the Benson Collection at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. In the collection there is a letterbook, … Continue reading

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A Sailors Life On the Lakes

Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister described himself as the worker’ friend. To retain power he had to exercise a high degree of skill to keep the support of both the business community and labour. The National Policy … Continue reading

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Part 1 – Francis MacLachlan: Student and Shipyard Days

I first met Francis MacLachlan in 1958 when he invited me to join the brigantine St. Lawrence 11 for a run from Toronto to Port Hope Ontario. I was a witness, so to speak, of an approach to leadership training … Continue reading

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Francis MacLachlan, Mike Eames and the Three Brigantines – Part 2

Francis MacLachlan and Mike Eames were engineers and naval architects. That gave them a particular point of view. They realized that in a successful design, form follows function, the number of masts, the height of the rigging, the use of … Continue reading

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Kingston, Ontario Shipbuilding – The Barque Garden Island

  .   . The Calvin Collection is located in the archives of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes (MMGLK) and at the Queen’s University Archives. both in Kingston, Ontario. Hard to find but well worth the search is … Continue reading

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C&C Yachts Reunion and Conference: “Design, Production, Performance and Legacy”

Where: Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, Hamilton ON When: Saturday, April 14th & Sunday, April 15th The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is organizing a C&C Yachts Reunion and Conference at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. The two day event … Continue reading

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