Experience the
Romance of a Tallship

Take the Wheel of the
Topsail Schooner

Blarney Pilgrim



The sea calls to us

Calls to our ancient longings, the echoes of our origins, the half-remembered dreams that beckon from the primal heart of humankind.

Adventurers, Explorers, Poets. All speak of this.

Amid the stresses of modern life what better way to find the simplicity and tranquility of another time than aboard a well-found ship. Perhaps, if even briefly, to escape the constraints of the land. To later return ashore renewed and refreshed.

The Ship:

Sparred length: 65' Hull: 17th Century Finnish Scoote
Length on Deck: 48' Rig: Topsail schooner
Beam: 14' 6" Power: Gardner Diesel
Draft: 4' Home Port: Victoria, B.C. Canada

Blarney Pilgrim's keel was laid in 1985. Originally ordered by an American client, she was to be built on Galiano Island in the shipyard of Greg Foster, builder of the well-known Canadian sail-training ship 'Pacific Swift'. The project was later discontinued, and in 1986 her hull was brought to Victoria where the vessel was completed by her present owner and captain, Paddy Hernon.

More About the Ship

Blarney Pilgrim's 17th Century design hull provides both a very sea-kindly ship and considerable interior space. The gracious "Great cabin" aft is ideal for intimate Dinner Parties, or a quiet meeting space when one wishes to avoid the distractions of modern life.

The Topsail Schooner rig allows one to step back in time to the Great Days of Sail. Charter parties are encouraged to participate in the running of the ship and to enjoy to the full the experience that a vessel of this kind can offer. This vessel is now available for Charter for both Day Sails and more extensive Custom Packages.

For the romantic in all of us, Blarney Pilgrim offers the ideal venue for a "Wedding at Sea"

Each Fall and Spring "Captain Paddy" teaches an introduction to seafaring, Seafaring 101.

Opportunities for Volunteer Crewing aboard Blarney Pilgrim are also available.

Blarney Pilgrim is a non-smoking vessel.