A Brief Historical Note
The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) organization was first formed in 1938 and was later incorporated in 1947. It was initially known simply as the Canadian Power Squadrons (CPS) with the addition of "Sail" coming in 1985. The very first Squadron in Canada was in Windsor, Ontario. We were modelled after the United States Power Squadrons or USPS which had been formed in Boston in 1914. Montreal became the first Squadron in Quebec in 1951 and Vancouver followed in the west in 1954.
The Brockville Squadron
The Brockville Squadron was formed in 1955 with charter members K.C. Buell, I.F. Calder, G.M. Davidson*, R.M. Dumbrille, B.E. Clarke*, F.W. Hamilton*, J.R. MacLaren*, R.F. Mucklestone, E.R.O. Kelly* and P. A. Webb. Our Squadron Pennant was approved on June 9th, 1990.
The Brockville Squadron is an integral part of "Rideau District" having formerly (until 1972) been a part of the Rideau - St Lawrence District. There are now seven Squadrons in the District: Britannia, Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston, Ottawa, Oiseau Rock and Rideau Lakes (see links page) with a total of approximately 1800 members. From sea to sea there are 17 Districts and over 25,000 members.
At the National Level we have a Chief Commander presiding over a Governing Board. They formulate and implement policy and assist the Districts and Squadrons to carry out their missions.
The full time professional staff of The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons are located at the organization's administrative headquarters in Scarborough, Ontario.
Our Squadron Objectives are:
- To perpetuate a fraternity of boaters of sufficient numbers, strength and vigour to achieve our ongoing aims of establishing High Standards of Navigation and Seamanship.
- To provide Training and Study courses and facilities in the field of Boating, Seamanship, Piloting, Navigation and the safe Handling of boats of all kinds.
- To co-operate with the Agencies of Canada charged with the enforcement of Laws and Regulations relating to Navigation and Safety on the water.
-updated 2003 September by Cmdr. Cruickshank
Brockville Squadron - History Page
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
-first posted: 2002-09-02