Saturday, February 17, 2007

Fundy sardine boat plans promo trip

Historic sardine vessel, the Bernadine will take on a new life this summer as floating Bay of Fundy promoter.

She'll be plying the waters of the St Lawrence River, summering in ports from Quebec City to the shores of the Great Lakes. The Bernadine (built orginally in Black's Harbour, New Brunswick in 1942) measures 85 ft stem to stern and is one of the oldest working wooden boats still sailing North American waters.

Skipper Charles Creaser describes some of the vessel's restoration work leading up to the trip:

Up on deck, the front of the wheelhouse was removed, and a new extension built on. The whole wheelhouse interior has been lined with N.B. cedar. Necessary repairs and painting of the deck, and new navigational equipment makes the boat a real show piece, both aesthetically to the casual observer, and to the knowledgable boatman. It has a custom made, user-friendly gang plank, built by the craftmen at Comeau Marine Railway on the other side of the Bay of Fundy in Meteghan, N.S. where all of the repairs were completed.

For more info on the Bernadine's awesome adventure (or to find out how to promote your Fundy business on board) email Charles: Imagine this delightful floating Bay of Fundy ambassador cruising various Ontario and Quebec ports...what a great idea, Charles!

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