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2006 CANADIAN COINS
#02 - Ketch
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Mintage : 10,299
To Dream Upon a Sail - the Ketch
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 nerver have ventured across unknown seas.
Not only were these magnificent ships used to discover new worlds but they were also used to transport new immigrants to those worlds. These new settlers to North America brought not only their determination to succeed, but also the knowledge of their various trades, including shipbuilders who brought with them plans of various ships popular in their home countries.
One of the ships popular in the old world was the Ketch. The Ketch was a two-masted sailing vessel that was developed in Europe during the middle of the 17th century. A fore and aft rigged vessel, the Ketch is similar to a yawl but the mizzen mast is ahead of the rudder.
The main advantage for the Ketch depicted here was the reduced crew size and the fact that this trading ketch could easily navigate smaller and shallower harbours. While it was certainly capable of blue-water sailing, the ketch was generally used for coastal trading. A few ketches could be seen sailing along de St. Lawrence during the latter 19th and early 20th century, much like the vessel depcited on this coin, however they eventually gave way to ships better suited for the Canadian seaways, such as the Schooner.
Though the Ketch had lost its appeal as a trading ship, they have returned today as popular sailing yachts.
This coin is the second issue of the Tall Ships collection.
The first coin of the series, released in 2005, depicts the Three-masted ship.
The second coin of the series, released in 2006, depicts the Ketch.
The third coin of the series, released in 2007, depicts the Brigantine.
Manufacturer : MONNAIE ROYALE CANADIENNE
Quantity made : 10299
Weight : 0.07
Material : FINE SILVER
Face value : 20 CANADIAN DOLLARS
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