Master and Commander
A Weekend in Nelson's Navy
September 22 - 24, 2017
at historic Montgomery’s Inn,
& aboard Toronto Brigantine tall ship Playfair
Distinguished historian Victor Suthren speaking on daily life in the Royal Navy
Chipp Reid of the US Naval Institute on the Royal Marines
Thomas Hurlbut on Jack Aubrey's ships, both real & fictional
Andre Reed with a collection of antique navigational instruments
Glendon and Elizabeth Hovey -- cutlass drill & bosun's pipes
Kat Akerfeldt of Toronto's First Post Office and Museum
Fritz the Ship's Carpenter
Royal Marines -- pike and musket drill
Dancing Mistress Karen Millyard
The year is 1800. Standing on the deck of a British warship, you hear the wind snapping her sails and the creak of her wooden hull. Then — a strange ship is sighted on the horizon, and you're off in hot pursuit!
This event offers a unique immersive experience: you will spend the weekend in the world of the Royal Navy of 200 years ago. Master and Commander, made into a major motion picture starring Russell Crowe, was just the beginning.
You will learn about every detail of life both aboard ship and on shore, from writing with quill pens to eating the foods sailors knew, learning the dances they loved, tying knots or trying out a few cutlass moves!
Popular ballads and sea chanties, harbour cruise aboard a tall ship, five historical meals by firelight, a real lieutenants' examination board, daily rations of grog, dancing, mustering to divisions and reading the Articles of War, demonstrations, and much, much more! You can do pay-as-you-go or register for the full weekend. Pre-registration encouraged, and meals must be booked in advance.
Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St West at Islington; free parking.
Please note that the registration form offers two sets of prices, in both Canadian and American currency, and that there are discounts for students, seniors, veterans, serving members of the forces, re-enactors and members of historical societies.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by cheque, money order or electronic transfer. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, particularly if you wish to purchase meal tickets, which must be booked by Friday, September 15.Contact us
DanceweaversKaren Millyard has been organizing cultural events and teaching historical and modern English Country Dance for years. She is a choreographer, researcher, event organizer, consultant and professional dance teacher who works in theatre, museums, schools and the community. For information on her classes and other events, click on the links below.
For gigs, please contact Karen at < danceweavers at danceweavers dot ca >
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto English Country Dancers
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