Lincoln - Vineland, Ontario, Canada: Grounded Ship In Lake Ontario

La Grande Hermine AKA "The Big Weasel" -- built in 1914, served as a ferry, cargo ship, replica of the ship that first explored Canada, even a haunted house. Berthed in Jordan Harbor since 1997, victim of 2003 arson. A rusting, two-masted hulk.
2793 Beacon Blvd., Lincoln - Vineland, ON, Canada
From Toronto or Niagara Falls, take QEW to exit 55 (Jordan Road). Jordan Road to North Service Road to Jordan Harbour Marina.
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Derelict ship.

Grounded Ship In Lake Ontario

The grounded ship is worth stopping to see! Lots of trails from boat-launch parking lot.

[Mark J. Besso, 08/27/2016]

Grounded ship.

Grounded Ship In Lake Ontario

There are several trails down to the water where you can get very good views of the ship.

[Ian, 07/31/2014]


Jordan Harbour Shipwreck

Motorists driving along the QEW pass by the towering masts of this shipwreck, but a brief detour to the Jordan Harbour Marina provides a view of the entire ship. The history of this former ferry and restaurant is quite interesting.

[Richard Stockman, 09/04/2011]
Grounded Ship In Lake Ontario

The Grounded Ship was a replica of the Grand Hermie used by Jacques Cartier in 1535-1536 and 1541-1542 to explore Canada. This ship was built in 1967 for Expo 67 as part of the nautical theme as Expo 67 which was on islands in the St. Lawrence Seaway. The ship was taken to Quebec City and abandoned in 2001.

I have never heard who bought it, but they'd hoped to use it as a tourist site and the project never got off the ground.

[Derek Pullen, 05/11/2009]
Grounded Ship - Burnt and Unwanted

I'm a resident of Vineland, Ontario and there's not really much of a story behind this ship. It was a floating casino/restaurant in Montreal and went out of business. At some point, it was towed to the Jordan Harbor where the current restaurant was going to fix it up and open it again as a floating restaurant. My sister had her wedding pictures taken on board in 1998. At some point in the last 5 years someone thought it would be funny to set this gorgeous ship on fire. Since the fire, it has sat and begun to rust (sadly). It truly is a gorgeous ship on board and is a shame it was lit on fire. Since the fire, no one will or has come forward to claim ownership.

We believe the ship was actually part of Expo '67 in Montreal BUT we can't confirm this.

That's the story behind this ship as the residents here in Vineland, ON know!

[Liz, 10/14/2008]

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