Visit the Marie-Clarisse for free, all summer

Visit the Marie-Clarisse for free, all summer

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We had a chance to visit the 84 year old Marie-Clarisse schooner this week and were quite impressed by her history and all her original wood construction. Anyone can visit the historic ship throughout the summer and it’s absolutely free. She’s tied up at the Bassin Louise just after the bascule (lift) bridge and stands out by her two masts, and her bright blue paint.

Built in 1923, in Nova Scotia she served as a fishing boat and even had a minor role during the Second World War watching out for submarines in the gulf waters, in her earlier days. The ship has been completely revamped, polished up and restored with modern day materials and technology but, has still kept her original cabins, masts and strongholds. It has been said that the schooner raced against the Bluenose and won, but the story seems to be more of a sailor’s tale than fact, and there are no statistics to back that up so it remains part of the boat’s folklore.

The Marie-Clarisse measures 130 feet long with two masts, and three separate cabins, which are all constructed of maple and oak or pine. Marie-Clarisse_1From the pictures you can see the delicate woodwork which has all been restored to its original condition. The Marie-Clarisse grounded herself several years back off the north shore of the Isle of Orleans (Ile d’Orléans), and was brought back to port in Quebec City where she ironically sank while waiting to be repaired right in the Bassin Louise itself. The decision was made at that time to refloat her and make it a tourist attraction.

For anyone interested in sailing vessels this opportunity should be on your shortlist for something to do this summer. Tours take place for free, from 10am to 5pm everyday from July 8th until September 7th. More information can be had at “lamarieclarisse.com”.
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Job Patstone was born in Hamilton, ON. and has lived in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer AB.
He is presently living in Quebec City, with his wife.
He worked for Xerox for 26 years and was an ESL teacher for another ten.
He has written two books and is working on a third.

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Job Patstone

Job Patstone was born in Hamilton, ON. and has lived in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer AB. He is presently living in Quebec City, with his wife. He worked for Xerox for 26 years and was an ESL teacher for another ten.

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