After all, she'd been sitting at the foot of Yonge St in Toronto for 40 years.
The ship was officially called the Jadran, but the restaurant was called Captain John's Seafood and Captain John's is how she was always known by locals and tourists.
These were taken in 2010, before the city closed the restaurant forever.
There was an actual 'Captain John' - John Letnik was an eccentric man with big dreams that he could never let go of. If anyone is interested in the long, sad story of ruin, just google it. There's lots to choose from. It was once a fine dining, floating restaurant back when Toronto had few fine restaurants and virtually nothing at the waterfront. Those days (of few restaurants and nothing at the waterfront as well as Captain John's being even a good restaurant) ended a long time ago and over the last 20 years or so it has become a rusting relic of its past glory. Letnik got to ride away on her as she was towed to Lake Erie to her new home at a scrapyard and waved to the crowds that lined the shore to watch.
Below is a time lapsed video of the engine-less ship being towed out of the harbour on Lake Ontario. Watching her being turned around by the two tugs is pretty interesting.
Hundreds of people went down to Harbourfront to watch, and thousands more watched the live stream video online (yes, myself included)
And then, because it was easy for me to do, I hightailed it down to watch her go through the Welland Canal.
First up is the tug Molly
followed by the braking tug Jarrett, into Lock #2