Cpt. Tom

Cpt. Tom on the Ongiara, Ward's Island, Toronto IslandsA gem from the archives: it’s January 2004, and the temperature has just plummeted by over 20°C. Plastic shatters, pipes burst, and hydraulic lines fail.  Without hydraulic pressure, the crew of the Ongiara are unable to raise the Ward’s Island dock, effectively trapping the ferry Island-side.

For two hours everything was tried, including something enterprising with that kettle in the lower-lefthand corner of the panorama.  The Ongiara was eventually freed, but if I recall we went through Hanlan’s and the airport for six weeks after that incident.

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