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Historic Vessels Could Be Displayed on Land

By Randy Thoms Aug 4, 2022 | 2:36 PM

The Hallet and Owandem could find new resting places along the Fort Frances waterfront.

A proposal from Fort Frances Museum curator Kayleigh Speirs and its advisory committee calls for both vessels to be placed near each other on land.

The Hallet was taken out of the water this summer because of the rising water.

The Owandem has been at the public works yard since it received some repair work a few years ago.

Recreation and Culture Manager Tyler Young says the two boats could become a focal point for the waterfront.

“Design it so that it became a focal point. People could come down there and learn about the boats and see the boats. We have to refurbish them, but it feels like the right opportunity for something like that to happen,” says Young.

Speirs also suggests new banners and signage, replacing those put in place almost fifteen years ago.

“We figured most of the educational signage along the waterfront is really showing its age. It’s all weathered, sun damaged, so this could be another unique opportunity to revitalize all of that,” says Speirs.

The signage would be in English and Anishinaabemowin.

A committee of council is recommending funding to assist with design work.

Other funding would be sought from the senior levels of government and others.



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