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Ship’s Company of Penetanguishene unveils new figurehead

Sculpted by Ship’s Company member Peter Chalkley, superb piece created for HMS Badger

A historic replica floating in the waters of Penetanguishene Bay now has a fitting figurehead.

The Ship’s Company of Penetanguishene recently unveiled the new figurehead of the HMS Badgerhis replica of the War of 1812 gunboat. Created by Ship’s Company member Peter Chalkley, the stunning black, blue and white piece was expertly crafted during the pandemic lockdown.

At a recent unveiling ceremony, the figurehead was blessed by Reverend Eileen Steele of St. James on-the-Lines.

“(It was) very fitting because St. James-on-the-Lines was built, in part, to support personnel from the local military and naval establishment…now known as Discovery Harbor” , said Ship’s Company President Wendy Roper.

And in keeping with naval tradition, the group toasted Neptune, the god of fresh water and in Roman mythology.

The event also featured band members dressed in their War of 1812 naval uniforms with a cannon salute.

The Ship’s Company is a group of passionate marine heritage volunteers who are dedicated to preserving traditional marine skills and learning about the region’s rich maritime heritage.

This is done by building and sailing small historic boats such as their flagship HMS Badgertraining workshops, carpentry, rigging, theory of sailing and the history of the Great Lakes and Britain’s Royal Navy.

For more information on the registered nonprofit group, click here.