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UER Forum > Canada: Ontario > Abandoned Ferry Docks - St Joseph Island (Viewed 2469 times)
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Abandoned Ferry Docks - St Joseph Island
< on 7/5/2016 6:32 AM >
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For those of you who reside in Northern Ontario (near or in, say, Sault Ste Marie area), there is a set of abandoned ferry slips located at the bridge to St Joseph Island.

In 1952 the government of Ontario ran a public ferry service year round so people who were living on the island could get to and from work and go grocery shopping and so on. The ferry (called The St Joseph Islander) ran for 20 years until finally the government opened a bridge. The St Joseph Islander was relegated to serve in Glenora, Ontario and was rechristened the "MV Glenora", and operates to this day, albeit in a slightly modified form from its original incarnation.


The ferry docks had the aprons and machinery removed as well as the lights and so on, but the docks themselves remain as well as the hinges for the aprons and some of the tie-off posts. The cleats and some of the hinges have been since scrapped for iron, and the handrails have been sadly destroyed/damaged by vandal fishermen over the years (the mainland dock is a popular smelt fishing location during the summer).


My dad used to take me here as a kid on his wooden yachts and we'd dock in the ferry slip and spend a weekend there. I did some exploring back then of the bridge and the docks, and I even managed to take a friend of mine with me (circa 1987) through one of the bridge girders from end to end.



Here's some pictures of the dock, both vintage and modern.

Docks now:
http://imgur.com/a/HNspm

Docks then:
http://imgur.com/a/WZsL7


Here's a 3D model of the ferry itself I did using SketchUp:
https://3dwarehous...-99f6-aff54ca3e9ce



And least but not last, my last "showcase" of my rendering of the entire area in progress, also using SketchUp. I added in the bridge and ferry docks in their present state, minus the decay of the dock's wood timbers, as well as the ferry model from 1952-1972.
https://drive.goog...pCTT0hwOHd3ZmxQR2c



What can I say, I like this place.




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Re: Abandoned Ferry Docks - St Joseph Island
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Very interesting! I've driven over the bridge several times but never stopped to look below. Aside from having family in SSM, I worked between there and Hearst last summer so I was able to take in a lot of great sights.




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This is really cool. I love the detail in the sketchup! It must've taken quite some time. Interesting spot that I think would be cool to visit sometime. thanks for sharing!




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< Reply # 3 on 7/10/2016 3:33 PM >
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Thanks.


There's a rest stop on the mainland side of the bridge where you can park, eat lunch, and take a stroll down to the ferry dock and take in the sights.

Also there's a dedicated parking lot on the other side of the bridge (made from part of the remains of the original road leading to the ferry dock) where you can park and check out things on that side too.




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