Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Déjà vu ... and not missing the wait...

I read the following story and couldn't help but be reminded of the many times I got stuck on the Borden ferry due to ice... in fact it was never that bad as there was always good food and good company aboard especially when I was younger and in no rush to go anywhere... but when you were in the parking lot on either side sitting in a cold car waiting for the ferry to dock it could be pretty frustrating and quite expensive for the businesses waiting to get their wares to and from the Island... when we had the referendum day on the bridge I couldn't get to vote "YES" fast enough and later in the day the “Princess” found her way to the poles and cancelled my vote... and I always wished that they kept a skeleton service in place so all the "NO" voters would have to use the old service... leading up to the "Referendum" the "don't get ahead gang" where in full force and one of their biggest issues was with the "Link" was that it would change our "Island culture" forever... well sorry guys we Islanders are still here in full force and if you don't believe me you should have been at the "save rural schools" meeting last night... sorry you probably where there ....Déjà vu...
P.E.I.-bound ferry spends 15 hours in ice
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
CBC News
After 15 ice-bound hours, 38 passengers on a ferry from Îles de la Madeleine to P.E.I. have landed safely.
The ferry was scheduled to arrive in the eastern P.E.I. town of Souris at 1 a.m. Wednesday, but arrived a little before 4 p.m.
"The ice I guess is fairly thick and they got stuck in the ice for a little bit and they had to wait for the icebreaker, the Sir William Alexander, to come and meet them to try to open a path for them," said Steve Comeau, the ferry terminal manager with CTMA, the company that operates the ferry service.
"The icebreaker got stuck in the ice too. The tide was fairly strong and every time he opened a little path, it was closing in behind him."
There was plenty of food on board, Comeau said.
The company usually ties up for the season at the end of January and stays off the water for February and March.
This is the first time they've planned to offer the service all year round.

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