Tall Ships



Playfair was the second Ship built for Toronto Brigantine. Commissioned by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1973 she is the only Canadian Ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch.

Francis Maclachlan designed the Ship with the purpose of Sail Training. She regularly sails all over the Great Lakes out of her homeport in Toronto, Ontario. In 2007 the Ship joined the Tall Ships Halifax.


Playfair, along with her sister Pathfinder, is operated by Toronto Brigantine, Inc (TBI). Since 1962 the organisation uses Sail Training in order to build character in young people. TBI aims to deliver challenging programs aboard the traditionally rigged Ships. The peer-to-peer delivery of the programs fosters youth leadership. Hence all crew on board (with the exception of the Captain and Mate) are youngsters as well.

The TBI also teaches practical skills. They adopt environmentally sustainable practices, as well as teach an appreciation of the rich marine heritage of the Great Lakes. Last but not least, the organisation puts a focus on safety and the creation of positive experiences for the trainees.

If you’re between 13 and 18 years old, come on board to learn sailing, live on a square-rigged Ship and get to know yourself as a person. Man the helm, set the sails, stand on lookout and become a part of the crew. You are sure to make friends and create long-lasting memories.



The accommodations are based on a traditional sailing vessel mess. They are simple and efficient to accommodate a working Tall Ships crew. There are three sleeping compartments, two heads and one galley. Up to 18 trainees can sleep in the seamen's mess during overnight voyages.


Shipping type: Brigantine
Homeport: Toronto (CA)
Date built: 1973
Restored: -
Capacity: 28
Length: 22m
Beam: 4,5m
Draught: 2,5m
Sail: 250m2
Height of mast: 16,7m
Engine capacity: 89kW