Mar (boat)

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Mar Halifax Nova Scotia September 17.2012.jpg
The Mar in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Career (Canada)
Name: Mar
Ordered: 1957
Builder: Frederikssund Boatbuilding, Frederikssund, Denmark
Launched: 1959
Homeport: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Sailing Vessel, Ketch
Length: 17.47 m (57.3 ft)
Beam: 5.49 m (18.0 ft)
Draught: 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 1 x 120HP Single Screw Diesel Engine
Speed: 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph)

Mar is a sailing tour boat based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia and known for its literary and film associations. Mar was built starting in 1957 and launched in 1959 at Frederikssund Boatbulding in Frederikssund, Denmark.[1] She was built for author Ernest K. Gann, author of several works including "Song of the Sirens", "Twilight of the Gods" and "The High and the Mighty".[2] She was then bought by Charles Tobias owner of Pusser's Rum Company and he used her in the filming of the 1976 film The Way of the Wind.[3] The Mar was then purchased by Mar II Sailing Tours Ltd. based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1982 and she has been sailing there ever since, with the exception of some seven day sailing excursions around the Caribbean in the 1980s.[4] The Mar has not only sailed to the Caribbean, she has sailed extensively around the tropics and also to the Arctic. She has a sturdy design which has also allowed her to complete two circumnavigations of the globe when owned by Charles Tobias.[5]

General Characteristics[edit]

She is a traditional wooden ketch constructed of teak, oak and mahogany. She has one auxiliary diesel-fueled engine with a maximum speed of 10 knots.[6] She is 17.47 meters long (23.16m with bowsprit), 5.49 meters wide and draws 2.9 meters.[7]

Notable Passengers[edit]

Ernest K. Gann - Author

Charles Tobias - Pusser's Rum Company

Iggy Pop[8] -Musician

2012-2013 Toronto Raptors Basketball Team[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of Shipping, Part 2. Canada: Department of Transportation. 1963. p. 246. 
  2. ^ (MICROFILM) (64 ed.). Nova Scotia Public Archives. 1985. p. 40.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  3. ^ Klien, Jeff (May 8, 1977). ""Way of the Wind" Details Charles Tobias' Life-Long Dream". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Murphy's Brochure (MICROFILM) (48 ed.). Nova Scotia Public Archives. 1985. p. MG 100. 
  5. ^ Murphy's Brochure (MICROFILM) (48 ed.). Nova Scotia Public Archives. 1985. p. 51. 
  6. ^ MAR (O.N. 800500). "Transport Canada Vessel Registration". Transport Canada. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ MAR (O.N. 800500). "Transport Canada Vessel Registration". Transport Canada. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Interview with Murphy's the Cable Wharf Office". October 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Murphy's the Cable Wharf Office". October 4, 2012.