Saturday, 8 April 2017
Saturday Photo: The Port of Montreal, Ice-free in April
The arrival marked the beginning of trade on the river, and stepped-up life in the city. Since 1840 the captain of the first ship has been awarded a prize for his exploit, first a top hat, and after 1880 a gold-headed cane. Accounts from the time say that crowds gathered in the port to greet the ship, as frequently more than one captain tried to be the first in port.
This year, however, the prize went to a Liberian-registered tanker that arrived shortly after midnight on January 1. The port has been open to year-round shipping since 1964 thanks to ice-clearing strategies. And recently climate change has meant less and less ice on the river even in the dead of winter.
The photo was taken April 3, a glorious day when not much snow was left in sunny places and it would have been relatively easy to manoeuvre a ship into its berth.
Posted by Mary Soderstrom