The dynamic H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre is now open to the public at Discovery Harbour in Penetnaguishene Ontario. Georgian Bay's newest attraction welcomes visitors to world-class facility that showcases the original 1815 hull of H.M.S. Tecumseth. Visitors will find dynamic themed exhibits surrounding the history of the Penetanguishene Naval Establishment including its relationship to the War of 1812.
The original 1815 hull was pulled from Penetanguishene Bay in 1953 but has not had a climate controlled permanent home until now. After stabilization and preparation, the 1815 hull of H.M.S. Tecumseth was carefully moved into its new home in June. Final exhibits and building details were then completed and installed. The hull move was also documented and can be viewed by visitors on a touchscreen in the new gallery.
War of 1812 artifacts on display
The new exhibits in the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre display numerous artifacts from the site’s 19th century history including the original 1815 clear-glass deck lights from H.M.S. Tecumseth plus a wide array of intriguing items including a powder flask, period coins, a brass platter stamped with the King’s mark, compasses, a carronade, a ship’s anchor, and even a rum bottle and flask. Key historical personalities associated with the site’s history are also explored, including Naval Hydrographer Henry Bayfield, Captain Samuel Roberts, and Chief Tecumseh. The new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre offers a superb visitor experience and is a “must-see” highlight at Discovery Harbour on Georgian Bay. The attraction and the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre will also be open into September on a Thursday to Sunday schedule, September 5-8 and 12-15. Discovery Harbour is operated by Huronia Historical Parks, and is an attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
“When opened, the new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre will be unique in Canada and will truly serve as a dynamic visitor area to permanently showcase the site’s 19th century story and its ties with the history of Penetanguishene, the region, and other heritage sites throughout Ontario”, noted Jan Gray, General Manager of Huronia Historical Parks.
Tall Ships at Discovery Harbour
The opening of the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre is also an added new feature to the exciting regional TALL SHIPS ® 1812 Tour Event on August 24-25, supported by the Government of Ontario. As part of the event, Discovery Harbour will welcome the American Tall Ships Lynx and Friends Good Will to the King’s Wharf on Georgian Bay for public touring. Over the weekend, great musicians including Canadian folk artists Tamarack, Ariko, Jill et les Bûcherons, Vince Therrien, and The Salty Sailor Singers will perform and delight crowds at Discovery Harbour. Get Georgian Bay Tall Ships tickets on-line or call 705 526-7838.
Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene Ontario is accessible via Highway 400 to Highway 93 or Highway 12 West to Highway 93 leading to the town of Penetanguishene on Georgian Bay. Stay overnight in the resort areas of Georgian Bay including Midland-Penetanguishene.