Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out - silhouettes

This silhouette is of "Le Progress", an abandoned ship which sits in Lake Ontario at Jordan on the Niagara Peninsula. I took this shot at dusk while we were driving along the QEW highway heading west towards home from a visit to Niagara Falls.

From Silhouettes


The “pirate ship” began life in 1914 as a St. Lawrence River ferry. It was converted into a floating restaurant in 1991 and built to resemble La Grande Hermine (The Big Weasel), the ship French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed along the St. Lawrence River in 1535.

The vessel was parked in the marina of the Beacon Harbourside Inn on Canada Day 1997 - the final stop on an odyssey of unpaid dockages along the St. Lawrence River. Arsonists cooked the floating restaurant in a 2003 blaze, leaving a slowly rusting hulk on the Lake Ontario shoreline.

21 comments:

  1. That's a really good shot, especially shooting from the car. The sky is such a pretty golden color. I like that you added the history of the ship. Very nice post.

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  2. Great photo, and an interesting story. There's just something poignant about abandoned ships.

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  3. This is simply a beautiful silhouette! I love it.

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  4. Elaine, that is a beautiful sillouette! I also love hearing the history behind it!

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  5. Sad story. Great photo. Love the rich colors. Arrgghh.

    I think Gray needed a pirate hat for this one.

    Have a great weekend.

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  6. Oh wow! Who needs more than one shot when the one shot is this one! It sent goosebumps down my back. Extremely evocative. I'm thinking pirates.

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  7. Stunning! Thanks for the history too.

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  8. Beautiful color in the sky - and I'm sure this is not as lovely in full light, considering the condition of the ship!

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  9. Sort of haunted by the picture and the story. Memorizing!

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  10. I've passed that ship at Jordan many time Elaine without knowing its history. I've always wondered about it and now I know.

    Beautiful photo!

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  11. What a beautiful photo but such a sad story. I would have loved to have a meal on a floating restaurant!

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  12. Wow Cousin! This is an award winning shot in my opinion!

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  13. Elaine, this is a beautiful shot. the color the angle of the masts. very nice. Don't know who else (memory?) but this is the second ship mast agains red sky. very very nice.

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  14. Hi there. I enjoyed browsing all the fine photos on your blog. Thanks for stopping by Willow Manor today. :)

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  15. Yeah, I'm impressed, wow from the car! Excellent :)

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  16. Elaine, I LOVE this photo. It is stunning.

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  17. For some reason I have the darnedest luck shoot from the car. Obviously I don't do it when I'm driving, just when hubby is. Oftentimes motion will be visible in the bottom third of the photo but I think that usually adds to the shot.

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  18. I love the orange of the evening sky with the great silhouette of the ship. Great story.

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  19. A great silhouette. Only recently discovered your blog through the Shoot-out and am loving it.

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