Maid of the Mist Burned in 1955
The Maid of the Mist was a 21.67-metre-long steamer that carried hundreds of thousands of travellers to Niagara Falls.
This Friday, Aprill 22, marks the 50th anniversary of a fire that destroyed the popular passenger ships MAID OF THE MIST and MAID OF THE MIST NO. 2. The former was the oldest of the duo and had been built in 1885. The 21.67-metre-long steamer carried hundreds of thousands of travelers to the base of the Niagara cataract for a close-up look view of the thundering waters. The two ships were ashore at winter quarters when the blaze destroyed their wooden superstructures. The remains were scrapped and new vessels were built to continue the popular tradition.
Various books by Skip Gillham, including his new Canadian Liberties On The Lakes, are available at the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3.
This came out of the St. Catharines Niagara News