S.T.V. Pathfinder

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The STV (Sail Training Vessel) Pathfinder is a traditionally rigged brigantine operated by Toronto Brigantine Inc., a sail training organization based in Toronto, Canada. The Pathfinder, along with her sister ship the TS Playfair, operate a youth sail training program during the summer holidays. This program is one of the very few sail training programs where all of the crew except for the captain are in high school (13-19 years old).


Year built 1963
Designer Francis A. MacLachlan
Location built Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Builder Kingston Shipyards
Hull Welded steel (1/4" hull plating, 1/2" keel plating, frames every 2)
Length overall 22 m (72')
Length on deck 20 m (66')
Length waterline 14 m (45')
Beam 4.5 m (15')
Freeboard 1.3 m (4.3')
Draft 2.5 m (8')
Gross register tonnage 31.36 gross register tons (GRT)
Displacement 50 tons
Ballast 12 tons
Foremast height 16 m (52')
Mainmast height 16.5 m (54')
Sail area Over 250 m² (2,600 sq ft)
Sails Jibtop, job, forestays'l, forecourse, foretopsail, fore lower stuns'ls, fore topm'st stuns'ls, big and small fisherman stays'ls, main stays'l, mainsail, main gaff tops'l, quadratic club-head main gaff tops'l
Hull speed 8.2 knots (15.3 km/h, 9.4 mi/h)
Cruising speed (under sail) 4-8 knots (7.5-14.9 km/h, 4.6-9.2 mi/h)
Cruising speed (under power) 7 knots (13.1 km/h, 8.1 mi/h)
Water tank 1200 litre (300 US gal)
Waste tank 800 litre (200 US gal)
Fuel tank 1800 litre (450 US gal)
Engine Volvo Penta TAMD41-H
Engine power 110 kW (150 hp) at 3000 rpm
Complement Total 28 (1 captain, 1 first mate, 3 watch officers, 1 bosun, 1 cook, 3 petty officers, 18 trainees) "Can also include Lead-Hands or a Chief Petty Officer


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The Pathfinder's Keel Ceremony, 1963

The S.T.V. Pathfinder was built for the organization Toronto Brigantine Inc. (T.B.I.) in 1963. She was constructed on the same plans of another sail training vessel based in Kingston named St. Lawrence II. Although hull and for the most part rig are almost identical, the interior of the two boats differs greatly. Ever since her construction, the Pathfinder has served as a sail training ship and is still doing so today. The Pathfinder's last major re-fit was in 1994 when she was decommissioned for a year whilst the interior of the vessel was completely re-furbished.

Interior Layout

The Pathfinder is divided into six watertight compartments from fore to aft the: forepeak (general bosun stores, anchor chain bins); petty officer's mess (sleeping space for 4 petty officers); seamen's mess (sleeping and living space for up to 18 trainees, also includes the galley); engine room (area for engine, generator and batteries); wardroom (sleeping and living space for 6 wardroom officers, also includes the captains cabin, a separate but not watertight compartment)and the afterpeak (mooring line and fender storage and steering gear)

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