The North America we know today owes its very existence to sailing ships. Indeed, without the ability to ride the wind, the world's first explorers would never have ventured across unknown seas.
The brigantine was a popular sight at sea during the 'Golden Age of Sail.' This two-masted ship was square-rigged on the foremast with fore- and aft-sails on the main (second) mast. The square rig allowed the ship to take advantage of steady trade winds and currents while the fore- and aft-sails were set length ways along the boat so the ship could sail closer into the wind. This combination made the brigantine ideal for coastal sailing where winds are more variable. It was an effective ship for the seal hunt and also as a trade vessel to the West Indies and Brazil.
Every ship was designed to exploit certain advantages. Whether it was speed, maneuverability, cargo capacity or ease of handling, the small and handy brigantine played an important role in the marine history of North America.
Perhaps this is why these magnificent vessels have such a powerful allure. Despite the modern ability to travel faster, higher and deeper, we are transfixed every time they grace Canadian ports. We are reminded of the importance of dreams. After all, our nation was born upon the tall ship's sail.
Face Value: 20 dollars
Composition: 99.99% silver
Special Features: Third coin in this Tall Ships Collection following the 2005 Three-Masted Ship and the 2006 Ketch. Unique hologram effect.
Packaging: Maroon display case with an insert which houses the coin. Protected by a black beauty box