Charlottetown Yacht Club featured in tourism promotion

Article in Halifax Sunday Leader 17 June 1923

Article in Halifax Sunday Leader 17 June 1923

In mid June 1923 the Halifax Sunday Leader carried a special section on the wonderful tourism opportunities offered by various communities and organizations on Prince Edward Island. Among the enthusiastic write-ups was one on the newly formed Charlottetown Yacht Club. The club had been formed the previous year and 1923 was to be its first full year of operation. I am indebted to Carter Jeffery and his splendid blog   for bringing this to my attention. The copy he scanned is from his brother, Kerras Jeffery’s collection and was posted on Carter’s blog on 26 September 2013. I have included an enlarged copy of the article below.

CYC 1923 detail

The Navy League building mentioned in the newspaper was located at #1 Dundas Esplanade.  The Esplanade was a row of  residences facing the harbour, one of the finest locations in the city and now occupied by the Culinary Institute and a condominium. The Navy League building had been the home of John Ings and was located immediately across the street from the American Consulate, now the Haviland Club.

The Navy League itself was a patriotic organization. In its early years, the branches in Canada supported informally a youth training programme aimed at encouraging young men towards a seafaring career, and providing basic training in citizenship and seamanship. The First World War placed heavy commitments on the Navy League with its activities expanding into recruiting of Naval and Merchant Navy personnel, operation of hostels for seafaring personnel, provision of welfare services to the dependents of seamen and, in the final stages, the rehabilitation of Naval Veterans. In the years following World War I, the Navy League took particular interest in seeking continued support for a Canadian flag, the Merchant Marine and maintained shore hostel facilities for the benefit of seafaring personnel. The training of boys was formalized under the name Boys’ Naval Brigades across the country; this became the main raison d’être for many local Branches during the Depression. The establishment of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1923 was much assisted by the enrolment of graduates of this scheme.

CYC 1923 trophyThe article references the H.V. Buntain  Trophy which was separately pictured.   Hedley Vicars Buntain was head of the firm of Buntain and Bell, accountants. general shippers and coal merchants. The firm maintained the Buntain and Bell Wharf at the foot of Queen Street   The regatta series was hotly contested for the first few years after it was established and then interest waned until just prior to the outbreak of World War II.

Like so many of the early artifacts of the CYC, especially those from the period before the Club House was constructed in the late 1930s, this trophy seems to have disappeared.


2 thoughts on “Charlottetown Yacht Club featured in tourism promotion

  1. Doug Rankin

    Hi Harry

    Heres a great video from Captain Bartlett and his Arctic tour, the schooner is still sailing and was in Chtown a few years ago, it was painted all white and berthed at the railway wharf overnight. I was lucky enough to have a tour of it.



  2. Doug Rankin


    The original email below I sent you via your blog apparently did not go through.

    See attached pictures confirming Restless with (4) ports towing a Snipe on route to Shediac in 1963, CYC boats on the MacLeod/Bourke shore fall 1962,Roamer II 1964 and for fun brother John getting some tips from Mac Irwin in Mom’s Snipe (Wings) 1962.



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