Story of Thane

Thane is a replica of Spray, the first vessel to be solo circumnavigated around the world, by Joshua Slocum in 1895-98. Slocum rebuilt and refitted the derelict sloop, which he found abandoned in a field, and then struck out on his voyage across 46,000 nautical miles. ‘Sailing Alone Around The World’ is Joshua Slocum’s account of his voyage, in publication since 1900 and an inspiration for many Spray replicas including the ‘Thane of Victoria’. The hull form enables self-steering under sail and its sailing performance is legendary.

Image of Thane in old Victoria newspaper

Thane was meticulously built over five years in Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf by Len Pearson who found the Spray replica hull abandoned in a field. In 1972 he traded his ’68 Chevy for the hull and used reclaimed quality timber and scrap metal from old buildings torn down during a building boom. Although Thane has yet to circumnavigate, she self-steers like the original Spray.

Thane Specifications

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16.8 m – 57 ft
12.0 m – 39.5 ft
4.6 m – 15 ft
2 m – 6.5 ft
Gaff Ketch
Gaff Rigged Ketch
Isuzu Diesel
Victoria, BC


Thane is Transport Canada certified and insured for up to 18 day passengers or 6 overnight guests and has operated without incident for over 30 years.

Our critical safety equipment:

  • Covered self-inflating life raft for 25 persons
  • Full compliment of certified life jackets and optional personal floatation devices for children
  • Fire fighting and pumping equipment
  • Computerized navigation system, radar, DSC VHF Radio, and cell phones in case of emergency
  • Flares and sounders


Rob McCallum

Rob has sailed for many years with over 35,000 blue water nautical miles and thousands of local water miles. At age 14 he moved to Vancouver Island from Alberta where he encountered the ocean for the first time. Although he travelled the world working oil fields, the ocean never left him and continually called him back. He is a self-taught sailor, learning by experience and asking questions of every sailor who would listen to his relentless thirst for knowledge of the sea and sailing. Rob holds a Safe Boating Pleasure Craft Certificate, Radio Operators License, Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) Basic and Intermediate Cruising Standard certifications and his Master Limited 60 Ton Ticket to Captain a commercial vessel.

Pete Reid

“Banjo Pete” to his friends and very active in the Pacific Northwest wooden boat community for 10 years. From sailing around the Southern Gulf Islands with his bluegrass band aboard his own wooden boat, Pago Pago, to being Captain aboard two Tall Ships taking students on five day sailing adventures – Pete has become a proficient mariner.

As Master aboard Victoria’s Tall Ship Thane, Pete is sure to entertain you with his yarns, banjo playing, and immense local knowledge and love for this wild coast.

Green Tourism

Our impact is low and we continue to lower it further.

  • Built with > 95% recycled and salvaged materials. What couldn’t be found was purchased with money from recycling scrap metals and bottles
  • Tall Ship Thane is fully self-contained and can operate the season without access to an external power source using our aft solar array and onboard batteries
  • Use less fuel in an entire season than one whale watching tour
  • LED lights and a low flush toilet
  • We provide reusable utensils, glasses and plates
  • We recycle all of our guests plastics, paper and drink containers and compost leftover food
  • ‘company bike’ for provisions, errands and deliveries

Community Support

Being a part of our community, and making positive contributions, is high priority for us. Every year we support many local charities and charity events, including:

Variety | Boat for Hope

This event creates special experiences for families involved and raises significant funds for Variety.

Kidney Foundation

Dedicated to public awareness of and commitment to the importance of kidney health and organ donation. In 2009, they organized a Living Organ Donor Forum, produced newsletters, helped organize a World Kidney Day Walk, held a blood pressure clinic at the BC Legislature and participated in numerous displays at health fairs and parades in the Victoria area.

Bike to Work Week

“A future in which as many people as possible experience the joy of commuting by bicycle.”

Vancouver Island Charity Riders

A group of motorcycle riding friends, who have come together for a common goal, which is to continually raise money for local and individual charities with the primary focus being on children in need.

Westshore Rebels Football

The Westshore Rebels are a football team located in Langford BC and play in the BCFC of the CJFL.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing  relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

Victoria Dragonboat Festival

The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society is a non-profit organization based in Victoria, BC, raising funds for the BC Cancer Foundation.

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