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Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes -193 miles long and 53 miles wide, with 726 miles of shoreline.

Just off the western shore of Lake Ontario, between the cities of Hamilton and St. Catharines, there rests a nautical enigma. The little-understood landmark is a large wooden sailing ship, which lists strongly to one side as it half-rests, half-floats only a few meters off the shore in a small artificial cove. From up close, one can see that the vessel was once a floating restaurant called La Grande Hermine (The Big Weasel), after the ship Jacques Cartier used to sail up the St. Lawrence in 1535.
A major fire in 2002 all but destroyed the ship, leaving only its rusting metal shell listing in the Jordan harbour.

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