Sunday, September 02, 2012

War of 2012 in #Toronto

A high seas battle happened out at Surgar Beach in the inner harbour of #Toronto as two ships tried to score the best parking spot along the wharf: The Canadian Navy Frigate Ville de Quebec and the United States Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay. They arm wrestled, had a deck swabbing contest then just flipped a coin and docked - emergency finished.
The ships are in joint operation on the Great Lakes with the Royal Canadian Navy annual deployment to the inland waters while the Cost Guard Cutter with ice breaking capabilities is based in the Michigan port of St Ignance. Together they are helping to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The Ville de Quebec joined the Canadian International Airshow on Saturday September 1. The ship was making high speed turns just to the west of the Toronto Islands.

"Greeted by the customary and spectacular spray of a City of Toronto fireboat, the Biscayne Bay answered with its own water show as it came into the inner harbor. Members of Canada’s First Nations welcomed the commanding officer and executive officer of the Biscayne Bay, and sailors from HMCS Ville de Québec, with a smudge ceremony and traditional drumming and dancing. The Biscayne Bay will be docked alongside HMCS Ville de Québec until Monday, September 3rd. The public is welcome to tour the icebreaker and talk to members of the U.S. Coast Guard. Corus Quay/Sugar Beach is at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street in Toronto."

Posted by Joe Hamilton. See more photos after the jump.

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