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“That’s the closest I’ll get to sailing on the Bluenose,” declared one Vancouver Maritime Museum volunteer as she disembarked from the iconic HMCS Oriole.

On Wednesday, September 23, a group of 12 museum volunteers were invited aboard the HMCS Oriole, a 1921 ocean racing yacht that currently serves as a training vessel for the Royal Canadian Navy.  Under the watchful eye of commanding officer Mike Wills, the volunteers were treated to a day sail around Passage Island, close to Bowen Island.

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We watched as the crew of 20 sailors raised the Main, Mizzen, Jumbo and Yankee sails. We saw the teamwork involved in sailing a schooner and the brute strength required to manoeuvre the boat in strong winds. The conditions were perfect, a calm sea with a steady wind. At one point we were travelling up to 10 knots.

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For those who have never been aboard a sailing ship, this is truly an amazing experience. What a great way to experience Canada’s maritime history! 

Andrew Hildred - Programming & Volunteer Coordinator, Vancouver Maritime Museum

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