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Alfonse Desjardins are twin 1971 ferries, or traversiers operating between Quebec City and Levis, but the organization has ferries between many other points on the St. Lawrence as well.
The word traversiers is easy to trace and associate, but the derivation of ferry is from Norse.
These are no double ended ferries like those big orange ones in the sixth boro.
And the bow seems designed to ride up on and crush the ice.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who was too late for the ice canoe races this year, but next year, I’ll be there. You have to see the photos in that link.
I’ve made myself back to the sixth boro by train now, and I’m succumbing to “train lag,” which means I’m allowing myself a few days to put up chronologically arranged photos before focusing on some scene that caught me and haven’t let go. The Quebec City-Levis ferries are part of a huge network.
The Coast Guard base is just below–way below–Château Frontenac, where a fateful conference took place in 1943.
An excursion boat has as namesake a Quebecois–same guy the extra ‘l’ notwithstanding– who undertook a significant journey with a priest.
Ocean has a huge base in the old port. I plan a host of Ocean posts soon.
I don’t know if Nordik Express still makes this journey, but I intend to find out.
Django dates from 1928, but more than that, I know nothing.
And finally, back from a job, Ocean Henry Bain returns from a job, passing the pilots’ station.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who recalls this morning as a day that lives in infamy. In remembrance, check out the first photo here.