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Brigantine Sailing Vessels, Navy Whalers

Fair Jeanne and Black Jack are the core of our fleet. Both are brigantines – this means that they have two masts, one with square sails (in front) and one with fore-and-aft sails (in back). They’re built in the style of traditional 18th century tall ships, but they are modern in every way.

We also have a support fleet: two navy whalers (27-foot sailing vessels), a supply barge and a two-storey bunk barge, all used at Black Jack summer camps.

Black Jack

Fair Jane - outline

  • Length: 87 ft. (26.5 m)
  • Distance: 150,000+ NM (280,000+ km)
  • Trained: 2,000+ youth and adults
  • Built: 1904 (as a tug boat)
  • Converted to tall ship: 1952
  • Waters: Ottawa River, St. Lawrence, Atlantic

Fair Jeanne

Black Jack - outline

  • Length: 110 ft. (33.5 m)
  • Distance: 150,000+ NM (280,000+ km)
  • Trained: 2,000+ youth and adults
  • Built: 1979-1982
  • Waters: Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, Atlantic, Caribbean

Black Jack was nothing like I had expected - it was a fun and engaging experience that challenged me in lots of ways, physically and mentally. I loved learning all the new things that came with sailing a ship. I learned the names of all the sails, the types of rigging on every sail. I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to sail on this beautiful ship. The captain taught me the physics behind the brigantine, as well as teaching me how the wind works with the ship.

T. Oung, 2018