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Photographer:mtpat10 [View profile]Title:Empire SandyAdded:Apr 12, 2005
Photo Category: Traditional rig sailing ships from 120'(36.6m) LOA
Niagra River; June 8, 2002
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Guest on Nov 11, 2007 14:56 (8 years ago)

Just to let you know that have relocated your photograph to the TALL SHIPS CATEGORY.

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"The Empire Sandy is a tall ship based in Toronto. The 200 foot long ship carries chartered tours, including weddings and other events, on Lake Ontario, and during the winter travels to the Caribbean. Holding 275 passengers, it is Canada's largest schooner.

The ship was built in Britain in 1943 as a salvage tug, and was tasked with salvaging merchant ships damaged in the Battle of the Atlantic and other naval engagements during the Second World War. It saw action several times during the war, and its hull still bears marks from enemy attacks.

After the war she was renamed the Ashford and came to the Great Lakes and spent several years pulling timber rafts for logging companies. In the early 1970s the aged ship was sold for scrap, but the hull was still in very good condition. The Empire Sandy was thus completely rebuilt as a three masted schooner. It began serving the lakes as a cruise ship in 1982."


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