Saga of rot­ting cargo ship comes to an end

Montreal Gazette - - CITY -

The Kathryn Spirit BEAUHARNOIS is no more.

The fed­eral min­is­ter of trans­port, Marc Garneau, made the an­nounce­ment on Fri­day, end­ing the sad saga of an old rot­ting cargo ship at the edge of Lac Saint-Louis in Beauharnois.

Built in 1967, the Kathryn Spirit has not had an owner since 2015, at which point the fed­eral gov­ern­ment took con­trol. The ship was towed to Beauharnois in 2011 by Groupe St-Pierre, which wanted to dis­man­tle it in the St. Lawrence River to then sell the scrap metal. That project was re­fused by the province and res­i­dents of the re­gion. The boat was then pur­chased by a Mex­i­can com­pany that was to dis­man­tle it in Mex­ico, but it went bank­rupt. Fri­day, no trace of the ship re­mained.

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