Canada must pre­serve its mar­itime her­itage

Toronto Star - - NEWS -

What is go­ing on with Canada’s Great Lakes? The Marine Mu­seum of the Great Lakes at Kingston was evicted from its water­front site, its mu­seum ship, the for­mer CCGS Alexan­der Henry, sent pack­ing. The mayor of Sault Ste. Marie is call­ing for the re­moval of the mu­seum ship MS Nor­goma. And, on Man­i­toulin Is­land, plans call for the SS Norisle to be scut­tled as a dive site.

It seems al­most sys­tem­atic, this re­moval of Cana­dian mar­itime her­itage. A culling of ar­ti­facts. A cleans­ing and gen­tri­fi­ca­tion of its water­front.

For me, th­ese vin­tage ves­sels, quirky mu­se­ums and com­mer­cial fish­ing en­ter­prises were the most in­ter­est­ing fea­ture of the Cana­dian ports I vis­ited when I was with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Who wants to see an­other ma­rina of fi­bre­glass yachts and sec­ond homes made of par­ti­cle­board?

Pre­serve your char­ac­ter. Sus­tain our rea­son for vis­it­ing. Con­serve your mar­itime her­itage. Steve Lind­sey, for­mer U.S. coast­guards­man on the USCGC Kat­mai Bay, Keene, N.H.

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