Town of Jordan’s beloved “pirate ship” began life in 1914 as a St. Lawrence River ferry named Le Progress.
It was converted into a floating restaurant in 1991 and built to resemble La Grande Hermine (The Big Weasel), the ship French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed along the St. Lawrence River in 1535.
An owner with big dreams but little money parked the vessel in the marina of the Beacon Harbourside Inn on Canada Day 1997 - the final stop on an odyssey of unpaid dockages along the St. Lawrence River. Arsonists cooked the floating restaurant in a 2003 blaze, leaving a slowly rusting hulk on the Lake Ontario shoreline.
Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment hasn’t had any complaints about the ship and local officials don’t have any concerns. The Canadian Coast Guard would be interested only if the ship posed a danger to shipping lanes. Ditto for Transport Canada.
After the fire, Town of Lincoln officials looked into the possibility of ridding the municipality of what some might consider an eyesore. But being on the water, the ship isn’t in town jurisdiction...
I have a pic from the summer, but today I happen to be on business in the Niagara region, so I thought I'd revisit the "pirate ship"