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Old Posted Jun 25, 2015, 2:21 AM
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Would you settle for an OPERATING side wheeler steam ferry, in almost original condition?

You won't even have to leave the Golden Horseshoe to see it.

The Trillium Ferry still operates in Toronto Harbour, for events but not regular ferry service. I had the chance to sail on it at it's 100-year anniversary several years ago. The amazing thing is that the ship actually sails under steam power, using side paddle wheels for propulsion, just as it did back in its day.

It is a jaw-dropping thing to experience in this age of diesel and propeller driven mock ups of the past and digital recreations.

The hissing and gasping sounds of the huge steam pistons pushing the massive flywheels combined with the swish of the paddles pushing the ship through the water is an unforgettable experience, a flashback to a past time right here in the present.

If you ever get a chance to see this ferry in operation, do it!

An interesting part of the Trillium's history: this is the boat that sank the *original, wooden-hulled Captain John's floating restaurant, located at the foot of Yonge Street, back in about the early 1980s.
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