Fall Lecture Series: "Yachting on the Great Lakes with the Royal Artillery"

Category: Educational

Event Date:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Time:

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:

National Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605

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Yachting on the Great Lakes with the Royal Artillery, 1863 by Marc Seguin, historian, and author

It was in August 1863, when three British Army officers, members of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, sailed around Lake Ontario with stops at Sackets Harbor, Oswego, Sodus Point and Rochester. They had been sent to Canada the year before, along with 12,000 other British soldiers, at a time when Britain was on the brink of war with the United States. War was eventually averted, but the soldiers remained in Canada until the end of the American Civil War. Several of these soldiers joined the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, one of the oldest yacht clubs on the Great Lakes.

That August in 1863, the artillery officers were on leave from their regimental duties. One of the officers, Lieutenant Henry Baines, was a talented writer and painter. He kept a daily record of the cruise in his illustrated journal entitled “A Month’s Leave, or the Cruise of the Breeze” in which he writes about events of the Civil War and encounters with soldiers in the Union Army.

Marc Seguin, author of The Cruise of the Breeze: The Journal, Art, and Life of a Victorian Soldier in Canada, will present a lively and lavishly illustrated lecture about this unique moment in Great Lakes history.

Lectures are included in the cost of museum admission. Registration Required.


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