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HMS Badger
HMS Badger

HMS Badger on route to Wasaga Beach from Penetanguishene

 

HULL LENGTH: 25 FT
SPARRED LENGTH: 35 FT
BEAM: 8 FT
MAST HEIGHT: 35 FT
DRAFT CENTREBOARD UP: 2 1/2 FT
DRAFT CENTREBOARD DOWN: 5 1/2 FT
RIG: Gaff rigged topsail cutter with a lug rigged maintopsail and a jib topsail.
HULL: Aluminum with wood cladding above the waterline, wood interior, with aluminum centreboard trunk but wooden centreboard. 25 hp outboard hidden in the lazarette, 6 oars, 3 working cannon.


Badger's hull was originally an aluminum lifeboat from a great lakes freighter, the "Fort Chambly" long since scrapped. The lifeboat had spent some time in a farmer's field and was destined to be cut up for scrap. The owner made one cut into the hull but it was too painful for him to destroy the boat so he made an appeal for someone to buy it as a vessel for the price of the scrap metal. (You can still see the scar where we had to weld the cut closed). When we first saw her she wasn't pretty but we could see the potential, so we stripped her down and started with a bare hull. The lifeboat was double ended but we wanted a nice wineglass transom so, instead of disturbing the integrity of the hull, we bolted on a metal framework on the stern and cladded it with wood. This false tansom allows us to hide an outboard outside the original hull. Mast and spars were made from spruce trees, cut from a nearby property. 1200 lbs of ballast are stored below the floorboards and enough foam is hidden away to ensure positive flotation.

Derelict lifeboat to become the HMS Badger


Work on the Badger started in the fall of 2000 and it was launched without spars on July 1, 2001. Over the next winter, spars, rigging and sails were completed and it was first sailed in the summer of 2002. Now known as Penetanguishene's "Small Tall Ship", H.M.S. Badger is a familiar site sailing on Penetanguishene Bay, and regularly participates in special events, re-enactments, and community activities. Combined with crew and officers in period uniform, her overall appearance and 19th-century detail make her a real crowd-pleaser wherever she goes. Throughout the spring, summer and early fall she is moored at the Penetanguishene Town Dock, just across from the Dock Lunch.

Badger's interior coming together Badger - Spring rigging Badger - Spring rigging