TALL SHIP ("St. Lawrence II")

by Art Bee June. 21, 2010 7975 views

“St. Lawrence II” was designed in 1952 by Francis MacLachlan and Mike Eames expressly for youth sail training. Gord Workman and Grant MacLachlan were also key figures in the development and initial fund raising of what is today the longest running youth sail training organization in the world.

The hull was built at Kingston Shipyards in 1953 and she was finished by local craftsmen, the Kingston Sea Cadets, and enthusiastic amateurs, many donating their time. Originally attached to the “Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps St. Lawrence”, her program was soon opened to other youth groups and now any teen, 13 to 18 years of age, can apply to join her crew for a summer training cruise.

In almost half a century afloat, the “St. Lawrence II” has shown her flag from Lake Huron to the north-east Atlantic seaboard, proudly representing Kingston and Canada in a number of exciting Tall Ship gatherings and special maritime events. The greatest of these adventures were “OPSAIL'64”, “OPSAIL'76” and “OPSAIL'92”, all in New York City, for the grandest of gatherings of tall ships from around the world.

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Gonia 10 years, 6 months ago

I love tall ship from last year when I saw so many in my town where was stop for tall ship races.they are beautifull so it is this one.it looks very pretty and old, I was suprised it was built in 1953.

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Neil Rosenberger 10 years, 7 months ago

Great set and wonderful history !! Thank you for sharing !! cd

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Brenda Nelson 10 years, 7 months ago

Very informative and interesting narrative, accompanied by excellent photos, AB. The thing I like best about PB is learning something new every day - thanks for sharing these.

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Robel Narte 10 years, 7 months ago

i think i saw this one last year when all the tall ship gathered at ports o call San Pedro where i live..Never had the chance to get some photo like you did , i was all distracted by the lobster tasting on that very same events...ha ha! my bad , i know they will not come back again to this port...well done artbee!
best regards ,

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Tom Thompson 10 years, 7 months ago

Wow what a beautiful ship love all the differnt angles well done art

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Eiram Marie 10 years, 7 months ago

Very interesting post!

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Kaz Terlesky 10 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful set and interesting post :)

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Tripp 10 years, 7 months ago

Interesting and informative post. Wonderful photos of a beautiful ship.

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Ray King 10 years, 7 months ago

I did google and found out 2012 is the next. Possible port cities include, but are not limited to: New York City, Boston, Norfolk, Baltimore, New London, New Orleans and Annapolis.

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Ray King 10 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful they are. I attended an OPSAIL in Norfolk in I believe 2000. What a sight to see! I think I'll google now and see if they are still being held.

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