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Welland Canal 189th Shipping Season Begins

Welland Canal 189th Shipping Season Begins

The first day of spring and the opening of the Welland Canal shipping season. The first down bound vessel to open the season at Lock 8 was the Tugboat Calusa Coast with the barge “Delaware”. The captain of the Tugboat Gary Kafcsak ceremoniously accepted the Top Hat and opened the canal for the189th year. The […]

US Navy warship passes through Welland Canal

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US Navy warship passes through Welland Canal

Residents from across Niagara turned out along the length of the Welland Canal Sunday as a U.S. Navy warship made its way through the system. The USS Detroit, the fourth Freedom-class littoral combat ship, spent time in its namesake city where it was recently commissioned, before moving up Lake Erie. The vessel is designed to […]

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Welland Canal celebrates 187th opening with Top Hat Ceremonies

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Welland Canal celebrates 187th opening with Top Hat Ceremonies

The Welland Canal has opened two weeks earlier than usual thanks to the warm weather. The opening of the Welland Canal for the 2016 navigation season was celebrated Monday with a Top Hat Ceremony in Port Colborne and one in St. Catharines. “We certainly welcome the warmer weather,” said Terence Bowles, president and CEO of […]

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Bridge closures throughout the region for winter 2016

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Bridge closures throughout the region for winter 2016

With the close of the 2015 shipping season, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation has announced through a press release the schedule for bridge closures for maintenance and repairs throughout the Niagara Region. Bridge 19, Main St. in Port Colborne which suffered damages earlier in September after being hit by a passing ship will continue […]

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Visiting ships in Port Colborne

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Visiting ships in Port Colborne

The ships arrived Friday in Port Colborne for the 37th annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival and the streets were lined with people anxious to see the ships visiting this weekend. The Tall Ship Empire Sandy, is back in town offering cruises throughout the weekend and the U.S. Brig Niagara, a recreation of a historic […]

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Captain John’s gone before summer ends

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Captain John’s gone before summer ends

There was no fanfare, no large crowds watching as the M/V Jadran — better known as Captain John’s — made its way to its final resting place in Port Colborne Friday morning. Instead, the vessel, a former floating restaurant in Toronto Harbour, slid quietly down the Welland Canal with a half dozen people watching it, and […]

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