Nautical Nights Speaker Series

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston and the Kingston Yacht Club have assembled an impressive slate of speakers to give you insights into Canadian nautical history with a local angle. The talks will take place at the Kingston Yacht Club on six Wednesday evenings from January 16th to April 3rd.

On March 6th, you’ll hear from an award-winning historical novelist, David More, who will tell you about  “Canadien Mariners and Old Kingston”, the history of batteau men, sailing vessel builders, commanders and crews from Quebec who provided support to the British colonial regime in Kingston.

Later in the month, you’ll be able to hear author Jennifer DeBruin speak about Loyalist espionage during the American Revolution. During her talk on March 20th, you’ll learn about the risks taken by those who were loyal to the British Crown and the intricate spy networks that existed at the time.

The series will conclude on April 3rd with a presentation by historian Walter Lewis on the Great Lakes ships that were “called up for duty” in World War I in 1914. Come hear the stories about what happened to these ships that had not been built for war service. For all the presentations, the doors open at the Kingston Yacht Club at 6:30 pm and the talks begin at 7:00 pm. There is no admission charge, although donations would be appreciated.