Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Port of Toronto welcomes season's first 'saltie' with sweet cargo

    Captain in traditional beaver top hat ceremony with Harbour Master,
    President of Redpath Sugar, President of Toronto Port Authority

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ -

    What:   A sure sign of spring is back as the Port of Toronto welcomes the
            Puffin, the first ocean-going cargo ship of the season. These
            ships, also known as "salties" because of their time spent in the
            ocean's salt water, are unable to make the trip down the St.
            Lawrence River's icy waters in winter.

            The Puffin, an Antigua-flagged ship, is delivering over
            21,000 metric tonnes of sugar from Buenaventura, Colombia to the
            Redpath Sugar refinery.

            Captain Kompaniyets Oleksandr will be honored in a traditional
            ceremony with Harbour Master Angus Armstrong which includes
            having an historic silk and beaver top hat placed on his head.
            This beautiful hat, made by Christies Hats of London, England,
            originally belonged to Captain John Hooper Meade when he
            emigrated from England in 1828. Meade first donated the hat for
            the ceremony in 1861.

            According to his grandson, Captain John Allen, who was the
            Harbour Master from 1925-1930, Meade was a prosperous Toronto
            merchant and landowner, owning part of the Toronto Islands known
            as Meades Island, now Centre Island, a hotel and two steamers,
            the "Prince of Wales" and the "Arlington". When the tradition
            began, the captain was allowed to keep the hat for 24 hours,
            wearing it like a crown. However, after several mishaps with the
            hat -- it was once found full of beer in a waterfront pub and, on
            another occasion, with an inebriated captain at a downtown police
            station, the tradition changed. The irreplaceable hat is now
            always quickly returned to the Toronto Port Authority.

            The captain is also presented with a $100 cheque (the amount has
            not changed in approximately 80 years) and a commemorative

    Who:    Angus Armstrong, Harbour Master, Port of Toronto
            Kompaniyets Oleksandr, Captain, The Puffin
            Jonathan Bamberger, President of Redpath Sugar
            Lisa Raitt, President & CEO, Toronto Port Authority

    When:   Wednesday, April 4, 2007
            10:30 a.m. - Media access
            10:45 a.m. - Beaver hat ceremony

    Where:  Redpath Sugar, 95 Queen's Quay East, at the foot of Jarvis Street

For further information:

For further information: Deputy Harbour Master, Michael Riehl, (416)

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