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5th October, 2017


After an excellent day time transit of the St Lawrence River we disembarked our Canadian pilots at 2100 hrs and then headed towards our next port Baie-Comeau. We arranged pilot for 0615 and to be alongside at 0700 so that we did not arrive at Low Tide. It was another stunning morning as we made our “gingerly”approach to the berth and we soon discovered there was little fendering on the berth, so we had to “land”very gently. All went well and we had our shore gangway rigged and ready for 0730 not that anyone was rushing ashore. It has been a hectic schedule with 7 ports in a row and a day of river cruising so our Guests seemed to be having a lie in, and why not - they are on holiday!!

Baie-Comeau is a city located 260 miles northeast of Quebec City in the Cote Nord region and located near the mouth of the Manicougan river. It is named after the adjacent Comeau Bay which in turn is named in honour of Napoleon Alexandre Comeau, a Quebecois naturalist. There were 4 tours on offer today including a Historical Walking Tour; The Best of Baie-Comeau; The Garden of Glaciers and Shell Valley, and Manic 2 –Hollow-joint Gravity Dam. I would have liked to visit the Gravity Dam, however we had our weekly Crew Emergency Drills which must come first of course. Although I did not visit I read that the Manic-2 gravity dam is the size of a Boeing 747 and was the first of its kind to be put into service at the Manic-Outardes complex. In 1965, Hydro-Quebec operated the first 735,000 volt line in the world.; this line has now become the international standard for high-voltage transmission. The line is linked to a generating station powerful enough to supply electricity to a town of 250,000 people.

With everyone on board by 1300 we set sail shortly after as we had a high speed run to Gaspe, our final port in the St Lawrence seaway.

Captain Julian Burgess

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