The “Lighting of the Boat” ceremony is in keeping with the tradition of the Royal Canadian Navy to decorate its boats and ships for Christmas. It’s perhaps the first of many naval and marine traditions which will come to the area along with the HMCS Ojibwa submarine.
At the lighting on Friday congratulations were offered by Helen Haddow on behalf of the Elgin Business Development Corporation, MP Joe Preston who praised the effort of many volunteers and Jeff Yurek who noted how good the submarine looks here.
Andrew noted the appropriateness of designating some of the John and Dorothy Palmer estate money to this project as they had enjoyed many drives to Port Burwell to see the sights and stop in at the fish market.
The contribution is one of several Palmer Estate donations made for local projects, selected because they will add to the quality of life for Elgin County residents and also honour the lives and interests of John and Dorothy Palmer.
Since inception, Project Ojibwa has overcome a long list of hurdles. During the process of getting her from the barge in Lake Erie off Port Burwell to her cradle on land, her legions of followers grew. Many become quite obsessed with the move of the massive 300 foot long submarine – “subsessed” perhaps. On-going support will be needed as Ojibwa takes her place as the heart of a museum which will honour a significant aspect of Canadian history. The gift of “Subsession” (souvenir items, clothing, bricks or a donation) would be a great idea this Christmas for your favourite history buff. Find out about Project Ojibwa and ways to support it at www.projectojibwa.ca.