It is also a hope that spring is on its way. Although the snow banks are still piled high in town, the arrival of the ships in the river tell us that warm weather isn't far behind.
The shipping season will start at 12:01 am Monday morning so the celebration started on Sunday afternoon with opening ceremonies. The Paul R. Tregurtha will be the first ship to pass through the Soo Locks. She has been sitting there for many hours waiting to take this honor.
These pictures were taken by Linda Hoath, Executive Director of the Sault Visitor and Convention Bureau. Linda was privileged to go on board the Tregurtha to officially welcome the PRT and her crew.
Linda Hoath sits in the pilot house and enjoys the view.
Monday morning update: The Paul R. Tregurtha, a 1,000 foot boat was the first vessel of the 2013 season to go through the Soo Locks. The Locks opened at midnight and the Tregurtha was lined up and ready to enter. An enthusiatic crowd greeting the PRT in the dark and cold.
The Paul R. Tregurtha in the Soo Locks.
The boat watchers were very excited to watch.