Built in 1904 as a steam tug for ?. Where built not sure, some sources give Scotland while others give Canada, is possible that after sections were built in Scotland, which then were shipped to Canada and assembled in Quyon.
02 May 1904 launched as the G.B. PATEE II. (allso given as G.B. PATTEE II)
The details for the BLACK JACK.
Displacement 40.5 ton, dim. 26.50 x 4.60 x 1.80m (draught), length of hull 20.7m.
Powered by a GM671 diesel engine 235 hp.
Brigantine rig, 9 Sail, sail area 280m².
Crew 5 with 12 – 15 trainees.
02 May 1904, the steam tugboat G. B. PATTEE II was launched in Quyon, Quebec. Some sources give that she was built in Scotland). She worked in the logging industry for 50 years on the Upper Ottawa River. In 1952 the abandoned hull was purchased by the late Captain Thomas G. Fuller and converted to a brigantine, renamed the BLACK JACK as a family yacht. Since then, Captain Fuller’s son, Simon Fuller, founded Bytown Brigantine as a charitable foundation dedicated to fostering leadership, confidence, and self-reliance in youth through the adventure of square-rigged sailing.
The G.B. PATEE II, (1904) a steam tug which towed booms of logs from Chats Falls to the Deschênes Rapids for 40 years, was acquired as a family brigantine in 1952 by Captain Thomas G. Fuller, known for his wartime escapades as the "Pirate of the Adriatic". The Britannia Yacht Club has used the tug, rigged as a pirate ship as known as STV BLACK JACK since 1983 to train young people to sail through the Bytown Brigantine Inc.
On May 2, 2004, Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson, then Governor-General rechristened the brigantine BLACK JACK at BYC as part of the ship's centennial celebrations. A watercolour painting of G.B. PATEE II, circa 1995 by Thomas Matthews is in the collection of Library and Archives Canada
STV BLACK JACK is a brigantine operated by the Ottawa-based youth charity Bytown Brigantine, Inc. BLACK JACK sails on the Ottawa River between Brittania Yacht Club and Quyon, Quebec. On May 2, 2004, STV BLACK JACK was designated "Ottawa's Signature Tall Ship".
BLACK JACK was the first ship in service with Bytown Brigantine, Inc., a charitable organization devoted to providing sail training adventure for youth. This 87-foot (27 m) brigantine is home to 15 youth between the ages of 12 and 15 during the summer months. The program is designed to develop character and foster leadership, confidence, and self-reliance in youth through the medium of sail training. Her sister ship, STV FAIR JEANNE, is also in use by Bytown Brigantine on the Great Lakes and Canada's east coast. BLACK JACK is steel-hulled with wooden bilge keels. Her sparred length is 87 feet (27 m), length on deck 62 feet (19 m), and beam 14 feet (4.3 m). She draws 6 feet (1.8 m), which allows her to go almost anywhere a keelboat can, which is very useful when maneuvering the Ottawa River and docking at her berth at the Britannia Yacht Club. She can be seen at the yacht club but is not open to the public except on special occasions. Her mast height is 80 feet (24 m) and she carries a total of 3,000 square feet (280 m2) of sail area on nine sails.
BLACK JACK was originally a logging tug on the Upper Ottawa River and was based in Quyon, Quebec. She was built in Scotland in 1904 and made her way to Canada that same year.
In 1952, the ship was converted by the late Captain Thomas G. Fuller into a brigantine. She operated as the Fuller family yacht for several years until her sister ship STV FAIR JEANNE was built in 1982. Rather than see the ship fall into disuse, Captain Fuller's son, Simon Fuller, refitted the ship with the intention of using her as a sail training vessel.
She made her sail training debut in 1983 and in the summer of 1984 attended the 450th Anniversary of Jacques Cartier's Landing in Quebec City with many other international tall ships. Since then, BLACK JACK has remained on the Ottawa River where she is the focal point of the BLACK JACK Island Adventure Camp for youth.
In 2004, BLACK JACK celebrated her centennial birthday. Adrienne Clarkson, then Governor-General of Canada, re-christened BLACK JACK at Britannia Yacht Club and helped Bytown Brigantine wish the ship well on her next 100 years of service in the Ottawa area.
In 2012, BLACK JACK helped Britannia Yacht Club celebrate her 125th anniversary.
BLACK JACK Island Adventure Camp
BLACK JACK is now part of a sail-training summer camp for youth 12–15 years old on the Ottawa River. Based on a private 15-acre (61,000 m2) island near Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, participants work closely with the crew to learn all aspects of seamanship, from hoisting sails and learning basic navigation to tying knots and steering.
The island is used to teach campers other aspects of sailing, navigation, and teamwork. Participants sleep either aboard BLACK JACK (on deck or down below depending on weather), or on a floating bunkhouse moored at the island.
BLACK JACK's Fleet
BLACK JACK is supported by two navy whalers and two barges. The two whalers, AGNES and ALAN E, are 27-foot (8.2 m)-long traditional navy boats that can be sailed or rowed with sweeps. They have two masts, a lug-rigged main mast, and a driving mizzen, as well as being equipped with 20 hp (15 kW) diesel outboard engines. They were traditionally used as training boats by the Royal Canadian Navy.]Two barges are kept moored at the island during the summer months. The Stanley Carson Bunk Barge is an authentic logging bunkhouse that was used by loggers on the Ottawa River. The two-story barge provides accommodation and cooking facilities for up to 30 people. The second barge is equipped as a well-stocked supply barge, large enough to carry vehicles and equipment.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STV_Black_Jack Internet. Chapman Great Sailing Ships of the World by Otmar Schauffelen.
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