Master and Commander

A Weekend in Nelson’s Navy


October 19 - 21, 2018

Jack and Stephen in North America

at historic Montgomery’s Inn

Speakers include

Naval historian Victor Suthren

Chipp Reid of the US Naval Institute

Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire

Dane Morrison, Salem State University

Thomas Hurlbut 

Andre Reed

Master and Commander 2017

September 22 - 24

at historic Montgomery’s Inn,

National Historic Site Fort York, Campbell House Museum 

& aboard Toronto Brigantine tall ship Playfair


Presenters include

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

Thomas Hurlbut on Jane Austen's naval brothers, Francis and Charles

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

and more!

Merchants include Linda's Early Fashions, Glendon Hovey and The Nautical Mind bookstore.

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. 




Pricing and registration form

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. 

Travelling to Toronto


Getting around the city once you're here

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.


October 19 - 21

Jack and Stephen in North America

Featuring speakers

Victor Suthren

Chipp Reid

Tom Hurlbut

Kimberly Alexander

Dane Morrison

and more! 

At Montgomery's Inn and other historic sites.

Toronto, Ontario

Contact us


Karen 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

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