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Le Grande Hermine Ghost Ship

St. Catharines, Ontario

Location Owner don
Creation Date Jul 27 2011
Status Abandoned
Category Other
Location St. Catharines, Ontario
Site number #2987

Known as the "Pirate ship", this old girl has been sitting here for a long time. (surprised nobodys posted it till now). Originally built in Lauzon, Quebec in 1914, it was a St Lawrence River Ferry named "Le Progress". In (a)91, it was given a makeover to resemble a 16th century ship, and was renamed "Le Grande Hermine". From Montreal, it moved several times, then was towed to Jordan harbor, where she has been since (a)97. Then, in (a)03, a fire (cant remember if it was arson or accident) burned out the ship, and the wood cladding. It was that winter I had stopped to look at the ship. at that time, there were still pieces of burnt wood imbedded in the ice. (Ill try and scan the old pics I have and add them sometime). I just remember it being so creepy at the time, and didnt wanna go any closer to it than 20 feet. Since, she has sat here and just continued to rust. Some people apparently wanted to remove the ship, and sink it somewhere as an artificial reef. and others saying to restore it to its former "Pirate Ship" appearance. personally, I think it would make an awesome "Haunted" Attraction. Still creeps me out to this day...

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avatar of Adriana
Adriana hah! Good eye Phrenzee....
Feb 27 2012
avatar of Derelict Compositions
Derelict Compositions Hah! Good catch Phrenzee, didn't even notice that!
Feb 27 2012
avatar of crada
crada I just did a photoshoot there, hehe. I always drove by the location and wanted to shoot there so I'm glad I finally did! The water is pretty dirty and deep, and while you can access it if you're stealthy, it caught fire a few years ago, so it's not as stable as it used to be.
Jul 28 2011
avatar of don
don best time to board it is in winter, when the ice is nice and thick. if you had a boat, i guess at any time.
Jul 28 2011
avatar of smashtvcanada
smashtvcanada How deep is the water there? I've actually considered boarding that ship for more pictures! I see it all the time and have been resisting the urge to go for too long!
Jul 28 2011
avatar of don
don Yeah, its pretty cool. probably didnt do to well financially. And Yes, it was. you know your history gyrl :)
Jul 27 2011
avatar of spydrgyrl
spydrgyrl The original "La Grande Hermine" was one of the ships in Jacques Cartier's fleet. :)
Jul 27 2011
avatar of timo explorer
timo explorer Very cool Don. I have seen this every time I head down the QEW. Never knew the story behind it, I always thought it was some sort of advertising for a restaurant or motel or something.
Jul 27 2011