Mission to Seafarers
Prolonged separation from loved ones is one of the most significant challenges a seafarer will face. Around the world, The Mission to Seafarers provides refuge for those seeking help during their time at sea and in port. The Marine Club supports Mission to Seafarers offices throughout the sailing regions we encompass. Our chaplains, volunteers, port staff and others throughout the industry lend time and resource to ensuring sailors have a place to seek help for medical, spiritual and other challenges. The local Missions are accessible to all sailors while in port. The Mission to Seafarers was founded in 1856 and is entirely funded by voluntary donations from industry. It is our mission at the Marine Club to ensure we support sustainability of these critical services. The Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario cares for seafarers who arrive in the ports of Hamilton, Toronto and Oshawa, Ontario. Southern Ontario is an important shipping hub and hundreds of ships visit our ports annually.
In 2013, the Missions to Seafarers of Toronto, Hamilton and Oshawa joined together to better serve the needs of hundreds of seafarers working in the Great Lakes. We are grateful to the seafaring community who deliver to our doors 90% of the goods of the world; from the spoon full of sugar that makes the medicine go down … to the cars we drive to work. Those who work the freighters face danger, isolation, loneliness and often many months far away from home. We serve as their home away from home providing a safe and welcoming space that offers friendship, spiritual support, a hot meal and a cold drink, a place to call family and friends, connect through internet access, unwind with a movie or shoot a game of pool. We help people connect to medical services, deal with unfair working conditions, unburden to a sympathetic ear or enjoy the limited time they have on leave. More on the Mission to Seafarers in this clip from CBC:
Toronto Brigantine Inc. operates two brigantines, the sail-training vessels Pathfinder and Playfair. They were both 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.
Good Works Program
Scheduled events held throughout the year help to provide the Marine Club with the funds to ensure charities within the industry receive needed donations. Your participation in events helps! Visit the Events page to view the full annual calendar.
“One Organization providing many ways to give back to the marine industry.”
Each year the Marine Club provides funding to marine associated charities. These funds help many organizations and initiatives:
- Royal Canadian Sea Cadets:
- NOTL Sailing program
- Lock 3 Museum
- Toronto Brigantine Sailing Program
- Royal Canadian Navy Benevolent Fund
- Georgian College: Bursaries for 7 cadets
- Thunder Bay
- Mission to Seafarers:
- Lake Erie
- Port Dalhousie Yacht Club
Each vessel carries a complement of 28 people, 18 of which are Trainees that may never have set foot on a boat before. The Trainees are divided into 3 watches of 6, and there is a Petty Officer assigned to each watch. The Wardroom consists of 6 Officers where one Watch Officer is in command of one watch, there is a full time Cook, and a Bosun who is responsible for maintenance and repairs while at sea. The Executive Officer co-ordinates the daily operation of the brigantine and reports directly to 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. The term has been applied to a variety of types of vessels through centuries and now means 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.