From the Admiralty


Mission Statement
Naval Establishment - Crown Forces North America

To portray with accuracy and fidelity the Royal Navy and Provincial Marine as it would have appeared and acted on service in North America during the War of 1812;

To provide instruction and experience in seamanship of the Navy of the Georgian era, and all sailorly arts pertaining thereto; and

To participate in company and cooperation with Crown Forces military reenactors in the design, organization, execution and mutual enjoyment of Crown Forces North America events and activities.


By Their Lordships Command 
Naval Establishment Gazette
For the Year A.D. 2014

Given at Merrickville, U.C.
This 13th day of May 2014

Notices and Appointments 

Late Commodore pro tem Victor Suthren To hoist his flag as Rear Admiral of the Blue And serve again in active nominal command of the Naval Establishment, Crown Forces North America, as circumstances may allow.

Commodore pro tem Thomas Hurlbut is confirmed in his Rank and station as Commodore, Naval Establishment Fleet.

Commodore Gill Bibby is confirmed in his Rank and station As Commodore, Dockyard, and Dockyard Commissioner.

Acting Captain Patrick Schifferdecker is made Post Captain, in Command of the Western Lakes Station and to serve as Vice Commodore, Fleet Or Dockyard, as Commodores Hurlbut and Bibby may require.

Fleet Master Gunner Robert Irvine is retired as Fleet Master Gunner (Emeritus), retaining all Honours and privileges of the rank

Other appointments, Lieutenancies and Warrants are under review and shall be Promulgated shortly.

The Naval Establishment Squadron

The following vessels and longboats have served, or expressed willingness to serve, as vessels of A Naval Establishment squadron and Longboat Flotilla when circumstances and available support warrant. 

Fair Jeanne, brigantine
St Lawrence II, brigantine
Pathfinder, brigantine
Playfair, brigantine
Mist of Avalon, schooner
Lynx, schooner
Empire Sandy, schooner
La Revenante, schooner (in ordinary and for sale)
Caledonian, schooner (sold out of the service)

The Naval Establishment Longboat Flotilla
Subject to revision and correction

Witch of A’burg
Rolette
Ferret
Surveyor
Thunderer
Lynx
Badger
Auld Alliance
Dawn Star
Heron
Insolent
General Arnold
Guttersnipe
Dromedary
Bytown Whalers (2)
Royal George
Pandora

Future Major Naval Event 

Members of the Naval Establishment will have seen that three events, 2015-2017, are being planned commemorating aspects of 18th Century naval history in Canada. Members are urged to consider taking part in any capacity. A major 1812 focus Naval Establishment event is, however, being considered for staging Within the next three years, to involve:

a. A ‘tall ship’ squadron, and Longboat Flotilla, with arrival voyages for both;

b. An Assault Landing and battle involving land troops

c. A major Shore Encampment, and “The Sailor’s World”, in an historical site

d. Competition for the “Cock Of The Walk” trophy and “The Yeo Cup”

e. Regency delights, music and dancing

f. A Parade and Sailpast for public enjoyment

A major corporate sponsor for this event is being sought, and it is likely the locale will one of: Kingston (with Sackets Harbor); Toronto-Oakville; Hamilton harbour; Niagara-on-the-lake and Queenston; Collingwood-Wasaga Beach; Amherstburg; or Gananoque-Thousand Islands.
Further details as they are available.

I have the Honour to be 
Yours 
With very great Regard 
Victor Suthren 
Rear Admiral Commanding 
Naval Establishments 
Crown Forces North America 

G O D S A V E T H E K I N G.