Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Good Bye Lord Selkirk II
Lord Selkirk II rusting away.
River Rouge and it snazzy blue colours.
There was a time when you could watch the River Rouge, Paddlewheel Queen, Paddle Wheel Princess and Lord Selkirk II ply the Red and sometimes the Assiniboine Rivers.
The Lord Selkirk II has not sailed the rivers or Lake Winnipeg since 1986. The ship has sat rusting around Selkirk for ten years. Now, it has been announced that the ship that once carried the Queen will be scrapped and sold for its metal parts.
The ship, commissioned in 1970, cruised Lake Winnipeg for many years. It was a majestic ship but at some point, new owners decided to make a go of it in competition with the river boats that did short afternoon and evening tours around Winnipeg. It proved too hard a task to make money at and the ship was retired.
Now, the three remaining river boats in Winnipeg have had to contend with high waters that have made their seasons even shorter.
It has become a regular occurrence that the ships cannot even cruise through most of the city.
Let's hope that the fate of the Lord Selkirk II doesn't befall any of the others ships.
There is a site dedicated to the Lord Selkirk II here.