Master and Commander

A Weekend in Nelson’s Navy


October 19 - 21, 2018


at historic Montgomery’s Inn,

National Historic Site Fort Yorkaboard a Toronto Brigantine tall ship and visiting a private collection of Napoleonic artifacts

Theme for 2018


The year is 1805. 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 and watching a duel! 

Popular ballads and sea shanties, lake cruise aboard a tall ship, five historical meals by firelight, an open-hearth cooking workshop, 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 is strongly encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE: There is still space for some parts of the weekend, including Friday afternoon cruise and the Friday evening programme. Saturday’s dinner and ball are SOLD OUT, but a little bit of room has opened up for Sunday breakfast. Saturday and Sunday afternoon programmes still have room. Please phone us at number on the registration form if you are interested in joining us. Food must be booked in advance.

Principle site: Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St West at Islington; free parking. 

Preliminary Schedule



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

Toronto Brigantine pre-sail waiver form


Getting around the city once you’re here

Speakers include

Chipp Reid, US Naval Institute

J David Markham, President, International Napoleonic Society

Edna Mueller, President, Napoleonic Historical Society of North America

Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire

Dane Morrison, Salem State University

Thomas Hurlbut, Crown Forces of North America Naval Establishment

Victor Eiser, co-director, Napoleonic Historical Society of North America

Sébastien Larivée, Historical fencer, Saint Lawrence Living History Society

Kat Akerfeldt, Executive Director, Toronto’s First Post Office Museum

Preliminary Schedule

Friday, October 19

A visit to Fort York, including the City Place Schooner

A cruise aboard a tall ship

A visit to a private collection of Napoleonic artifacts

An evening of music, food, firelight and naval conviviality at historic Montgomery’s Inn

Saturday, October 20

Fireside breakfast at Montgomery’s Inn

Daily issue of grog

An afternoon of lectures, workshops, presentations and historical games 

1812 dance workshop

Dinner and traditional toasts

Ball with live music and naval decorations

Sunday, October 21

Fireside breakfast at Montgomery’s Inn

Daily issue of grog

Divisions & reading the Articles of War

An afternoon of lectures, workshops, presentations and historical games 

Trafalgar Dinner

Trafalgar Pub Night

A look at last year’s event:

Master and Commander 2017

at historic Montgomery’s Inn,

National Historic Site Fort York, Campbell House Museum 

& aboard Toronto Brigantine tall ship Playfair


Presenters included

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.

Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St West at Islington; free parking. 


October 19 - 21

Jack and Stephen in North America

Featuring speakers

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.


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