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SAILING INTO THE PAST - A 2008 DVD RELEASE

From the "Outdoor Adventure Canada" Series

"Outdoor Adventure Canada" is a series of 26 programs celebrating Canada's outdoor heritage that were shot all across Canada. Programs for the series won an astonishing 80 international television awards, including 29 Gold & Silver medals, at leading American Film & Television Festivals.

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SAILING INTO THE PAST
Sailing Tall Ships at Ontario's Discovery Harbour
Accurate replicas of two of Ontario's earliest sailing ships are used to teach anyone who wants to come aboard, and participate with hands on sails and ropes, about life aboard 19th century Canadian sailing ships. (DVD Cover, left)

VIEWER COMMENTS

"This was truly a first-rate show of the highest quality. We applaud the excellent editing, music, and overall creativity you employed though your documentary. The show did an excellent job of linking the active sailing programs aboard the schooners Tecumseth and Bee to the broader context of 19th century history and overall Canadian heritage. One truly got a sense of the past in a dynamic and active way. Shows like this truly share the Canadian experience and bring us closer together across the country." - Bill Brodeur, Executive Director, discovery Harbour, Penetang, ON

This program takes viewers back to the era of tall ships on the Great Lakes, and tell us stories about the ships and the people who sailed them. Viewers will find out why many people around the world are still caught up in the romance of the sea, and why there has been a resurgence of interest in the traditional art of sailing tall ships in recent years

Visitors to Discovery Harbour at Penetanguishene, Ontario become crew members on the HMS Tecumseth or the Bee, two working replicas of tall ships that were part of Britain's Great Lakes defence fleet during the War of 1812. They actually become working sailors, and learn how to sail a tall ship.

The captain and officers are dressed in authentic period garb, and give orders in the same rough way they would have nearly two centuries ago. It takes a dozen people to hoist the mainsails in these ships, and it is quite a spectacular sight to see the huge width of canvas suddenly unfurl and swell with the breeze.

With a sense of humour, the captain and officers give visitors a taste of what it really would have been like to be a sailor in the British Navy in the nineteenth century.. A new crew member who is accused of stealing the captain's cheese is threatened with a flogging with the cat-o-nine-tails.

Penetanguishene Harbour was the actual location of a British naval base at the time of the War of 1812. At that time, it was an extremely isolated outpost, and the ordinary sailors who went there were a rough lot indeed. This program takes us back to those times through activities and images shot at Discovery Harbour, and through the voice of staff, crew, visitors, and historical persons who visited or lived there and kept diaries, including John Bayfield, the British naval surveyor who prepared the marine charts for the Upper Great Lakes that are still the basis of the charts used by sailors today. The program takes a romantic look at a past era through the eyes and voices of people who love sailing, and also love to keep the past alive.
  • GOLD STAR PLAQUE AWARD
  • Worldfest Flagstaff AZ, International Film & Video Festival

  • SILVER PLAQUE
  • Internat'l Communications Film & Video Competition, Chicago IL

  • SILVER STAR PLAQUE AWARD
  • Worldfest Houston TX/ International Film & Video Festival
 
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