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“The Pirate Ship” in Jordan Harbour, St. Catharines, ON

Some of you may have seen this ship before, it is only a few metres from the Queen Elizabeth Highway on the way to Niagara Falls.  It was a bit of a surprise when we saw it for the first time. My kids like to call it the the Pirate Ship. It has been in Jordan Harbour, at the Beacon Hotel marina, since 1997.  The story has it that the ship was built in Lauzon, Quebec, 1914 and was originally used as a St. Lawrence River ferry. It was called Le Progress. In 1991 a wooden facade was built over the steel hull and the masts and crows nests were added to make her look like Jacques Cartier’s 1535 ship Le Grande Hermine. She was re-named Le Grande Hermine and used as a restaurant in Montreal. After a few moves and some unpaid dock-age fees, she was towed to her present location where she has been ever since. A fire in 2003 burned off all the wood finishing. On Easter weekend, a few of my girlfriends and I took our kids over to see it up close for the first time. I brought my camera…take a look…

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  • Kelly

    WOW Julie……these pictures are amazing!!!
    What a great day!
    Thank You

  • Madeline Robins

    Hi Julie – you are an outstanding photographer! I’m reminded our family needs our photos updated by you… Will be in touch! Madeline Robins

  • Looking forward to it Madeline! Have a great day!

  • Thanks Kelly…your children are beautiful!

  • Anthony

    Awesome pictures Julie! Thank-you so much. You are so amazing at what you do!!!!!

  • Jim Charlton

    Interesting pics I will say, thanks for the info as i just wrote a bit on it at ”” Was not sure of all the info & went with what I had, so thanks. You take good shots….James..

  • jas

    Wonderful photos. Have always loved that ship

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