The Lost Squadron: The Royal Navy on Lake Ontario - War of 1812 (Speaker Meetings)
Sailing on the lake, out of sight from land and witnesses, the Royal Navy was essential to the British defense of Upper Canada against the American invaders. Come and learn of the seamen, officers, ships and actions that aided in our country to become what it is today. Presented by Gurth Pretty and Ryan Moore, in period costume.
Gurth M. Pretty is an amateur navy and culinary historian. He has been re-enacting for over twenty years with various War of 1812 groups, both for the British Army and the Royal Navy. His interest in the Royal Navy dates to his volunteering aboard HMS Bee (Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene) as a landsman. Aboard the longboat, Gurth is the gun captain and occasional helmsman. At re-enactment events, he is the ship's cook, preparing period meals over the camp fire. He received his warrant from the Victualing Board, certifying him as a warrant officer. Gurth is the corporate cheese expert for a national grocery retailer.
Ryan Moore is an avid historian and sailor, and has been a re-enactor since 2013. Ryan has been sailing on tall ships and on a variety of smaller boats since he was young. He recently crewed an 18th century Cornish lugger from England to France, delivering a cargo of ale. Ryan is often the skipper/coxswain of the longboat and portrays the rank of an able seaman at re-enactments. When not immersed in nauticalia, Ryan is busy as an urban planner working for a development company.
The Toronto branch office is located at 40 Scollard Street, suite 300. It is three short blocks from the TTC intersection at Yonge and Bloor and there is a large municipal parking lot one block away, as well as some street parking. Members are encouraged to come early to peruse our spectacular library, enjoy some refreshments and socialize with fellow members. We hope to see you on Sunday, March 24th at 2 p.m.
(Naval artwork courtesy Mr. Peter Rindlisbacher)