(WINDSOR, ON) – It was a busy weekend for cruise ships docking at the foot of Ouellette Avenue. First up on Friday were some 400 Germans sailing in the Nassau-, Bahamas, registered MS Hamburg. Sources told The Square many were on the trip around the Great Lakes to tick off another of their bucket list items.
When the ship was ready to leave, many of the passengers stood on the starboard side and waved to the city, apparently liking what they saw.
The next day, the smaller, and also Nassau-registered, Victory 1 arrived in port. Most of its 200 passengers were given a ground tour of what the region has to offer with stops at the Henry Ford Museum and the Detroit Institute of Art.
Both ships are smaller than today’s massive seafaring liners, which makes them ideal for traversing the Great Lakes. In both instances they picked up their travelers in Toronto and carried them on a leisurely ten day tour of Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, and Michigan. The voyage will end in Chicago where a replacement contingent of passengers will embark for the trip back to Toronto.
As it has been since the mid-50s, the ships were greeted by a port agent representing the Windsor Shipping Agency. The shore-services company was operated by the late William James Waugh. Every time a passenger ship or a ship with a foreign registry arrives, WSA is there to tend to its needs.
On the weekend the welcome to Windsor greetings came from Waugh’s daughter Robyn. Her job includes scouring the city to find anything the ship or its passengers may need. This can range from paint and paint brushes to delivering mail to the post office and just about everything in-between.