In the uneasy peace after the War of 1812, the Royal Navy embarked upon an ambitious programme of charting the Upper Great Lakes. Using only the training they’d received as deck officers during the Napoleonic Wars, two men surveyed and charted Georgian Bay and Lake Superior so accurately, in only three years, that their work stands largely uncorrected to this day in our era of GPS, aerial photography and computer technology.
Gordon Laco will describe how and why this incredible work was done, paying homage to those superb seamen. Gordon is a 40 year veteran of the Canadian marine industry, beginning his career in the venerable Tom Taylor Company store on Adelaide street. He cut his teeth racing at RCYC and the National in the 1970’s and today operates a business importing and distributing yacht fittings, Epifanes Marine Coatings, and Voyager self steering vanes. He also operates a thriving historical consulting practice serving the film and television industry, with over 60 productions to his credit. Gordon is a frequent speaker on issues involving seamanship, youth development, marine technology and maritime history.
The presentation will begin at 7:30 pm, but feel free to arrive early to order dinner beforehand. Reservations are highly recommended, so email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-260-8686 ext 23 to save your seat!