Mar­shall Is­lands bulk car­rier first ship to reach Mon­treal in 2016

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - The Cana­dian Press

MON­TREAL — A bulk car­rier called the Vig­or­ous is the first ocean-go­ing ves­sel to reach the Port of Mon­treal with­out a stopover in 2016. The Vig­or­ous left from So­har, Oman, on Nov. 30 and crossed the Mon­treal port’s down­stream lim­its at 5:21 Fri­day morn­ing. The ship’s cap­tain will re­ceive the gold-headed cane award, which has been pre­sented since 1840 to the cap­tain of the first ves­sel to ar­rive each year. In early years the award was a top hat, but it was changed to re­flect the tastes of the pe­riod around 1880. Cap­tain Jun Eric Alio Dalipe will ac­cept the award from the Mon­treal port author­ity dur­ing a cer­e­mony on Mon­day.

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