SQUARE TOPSAIL SCHOONER
SPIRIT OF TRADITION VESSEL
RECENTLY REFURBISHED, MINT CONDITION
In April, 1984, SALTS Boatbuilder received a donation of a partially completed hull and undertook to complete the vessel construction. Symbolic of the ships sailed by our forefathers, this new vessel was rigged as a brigantine (with four squaresails on the foremast), as was the historic Cadboro, the first such rig to enter Victoria Harbour in 1837 under the command of Captain Brotchie.
The hull design was based on a Gloucester fishing sloop, with lines taken off and recorded by Howard Chapelle. Alex Spiller, formerly of Dodge Cove near Prince Rupert, had already lofted the vessel and prepared the moulds at his shop in Dodge Cove, when it was decided to transport them and many of his shipyard tools to Chemainus.
The first phase – construction of the hull – was supervised by Spiller aided by shipwrights Paul McLennan, John Leekie, John Knowles, Wayne Loiselle, Andrew Remple, Grant Urton, Tom Ellis, Don Corfield and Tom Spiller. The second phase – fitting out of the interior – was undertaken by Bob Down, assisted by David Keeble, John Homer, George Weeks, Barry Coombs and Bill McAnn.
The Spirit of Chemainus was launched on the 14th September 1985. Built entirely of wood, primarily mahogany and Douglas fir planking on steamed oak frames and yellow cedar beams. Deck houses, hatches, bulwark caps, transom and trim of mahogany and gumwood. Her sparred length:- 92’ (28m), length on deck:- 65' (20m), beam:- 18' (5.5m), and draught:- 9' 6" (3m). Sail plan was by Robert Lally and Associates, after typical 19th century practice, with sails by Shay and Greg Foster of Whaler Bay Boatyard.
After launching, the hull was delivered to Victoria for final fitting out and rigging. This last phase was supervised by then executive director, Martyn Clark and involved Gerry Fossum (Spirit of Chemainus first skipper), Tony Anderson, Mark Wallace, Ron Polmear, Chris Maloney, Lars Junker, Harry Leeder, Fred Rempel, Bert Haupt, Gerry Boy and others. Sail plan was by Robert R. Lally and Associates after typical 19th century practice with sails by Shay and Greg Foster of Whaler Bay Boatyard.
The Chemainus represented her birthplace, the Chemainus Valley, as official "Tall Ship of Vancouver Island" in 1986. She then served as a sail training vessel for young people for several years before being sold. She was sold for several reasons, the primary one being that she could not accommodate enough trainees to pay for the maintenance and crew necessary to keep it sailing as a sail training vessel. Nevertheless, she proved an excellent training ship for SALTS crews to learn the handling of a square rigged vessel, and was instrumental in Expo officials inviting SALTS to build the Pacific Swift at the Expo ‘86 world’s fair in Vancouver.
4 Cabins, sleep 13, suitable for luxury charter activity
Pitchpine hull and deck in Canadian cedar
Masts, boom and bowsprit in Douglas-fir
Cast iron and cement ballast
Engine Gardner 60 Hp
Generator Kubota 10 Kw
Water tank fiberglass 2 x 700 lts
Dinghy and outboard engine
WORKS DONE 09/2018
New teak laid deck 12mm
New standing rigging cables
New halyards and sheets and blocks
Antifouling and zincs
Preparation and treatment hull with delta rosso and revarnish with 3 coats Stoppani Clipper
Revarnish of masts
A new set of sails (7)
Service to propeller and rudder blade
New electric system with new battery packs
New fuel tanks in inox n. 3 x 660lts
New electronic pack Garmin with Autopilot, Gps chartplotter, Echosounder, Radar, Vhf, Wind station, Rudder angle indicator
Desembark with full engine overhaul with replace of heat exchanger, exhaust silencer, revarnish, full service, new water pump, new instrument panel.
Full overhaul of generator
New pumps (bilges, fresh water)
Interior furnitures revarnished
New kitchen with dishes and crockery
Refurbishment of bathrooms with tiles, electric wc and c/h water system
Overhaul capstain with two new anchors and 120mt chain 16mm
Barbarossa winches 65-3 speed revised
New bed mattresses, curtains, sheets, blankets, towels
New safety equipments
New ceiling and spot lights Foresti Suardi
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