TOP OF LAKE SUPERIOR – The Clelia II steamed into Nipigon Bay almost right on schedule on Thurday, and was greeted with loud cheers by a crowd of onlookers, including school classes, who were on hand to witness the historic docking of the boat.
Passengers had their picture taken with Smokey the Bear and an RCMP officer in full uniform. Many passengers remarked that the port of Red Rock provided the warmest welcome they had experienced so far on their cruise.
The ship was behind schedule Thursday morning, with initial reports of 3pm as the arrival time. However, the crew made good time and managed to arrive at 1:30pm.
Local resident Ches Imhoff led a group up to Lloyd’s lookout to see the ship arrive in the bay, while others lined the causeway to record the event.
Visitors to Red Rock and Nipigon on the days that the ship is in port can enjoy a Pickerel Fish Fry, artisan’s displays, wine tasting, and optional tours of Nipigon Bay by boat or the Paddle to the Sea Park in Nipigon. In the evenings there will be live entertainment. Some events are free to the public and others available for a reasonable fee.