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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.
What’s this . . a catatug? A joke of meowman or purr people? But first, have another look at more Ocean blue tugs posted on this blog before, including the one once called Helen M. McAllister. Click here and scroll.
All the photos today were taken in the port of Montreal. Let’s start with Ocean Georgie Bain.
Here are more shots of Ocean Intrepide.
And that red vessel in the background, here’s
a closer look at Peniche and beyond her what I first was a Montreal fan of meow man’s literature.
MSC Donata here is getting an assist from
two Ocean tugs,
Ocean Pierre Julien and
Ocean Serge Genois.
And that returns us to the top photo, seen in its entirety here, Ocean Catatug 2
Closing out this post, it’s Blizzard Polaire.
I know there were Ocean vessels in Sorel and Trois Rivieres, which I missed. Maybe I’ll see more next time, and I certainly want to see any and all in icebreaking activity some winter soon. all photos here by Will Van Dorp.