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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Boat to Chantry Island Set To Sail

Southampton | by John Divinski  

Fundraising is going well for a replacement for the Peerless for the Chantry Island tours.

The new tour boat that will take passengers out to Chantry Island this year could be on the job this weekend.

Chair of the Marine Heritage Society Rick Smith says the vessel -- which replaces the Peerless -- is going to cost about 130 thousand dollars.

More than 25 thousand dollars has been raised for the both -- including a 10 thousand dollar donation from the Southampton Rotary Club.

The President of the Southampton Rotary Club, Michael Lablance, says with the history behind the lighthouse and Chantry Island, they couldn't think of a better project to donate the money.

The town is buying the boat and then will lease it back to the Society for 10 thousand dollars a year for ten years.

The Chantry Island tour is a popular one.

Already 217 tours are booked for this season -- and the first trip could be on Saturday May 28th.

Since 2001 -- over 12 thousand passengers have taken the trip to Chantry Island.

Smith says the tour consists of a 15 minute boat ride to the island and then an hour on the island to take in the tower and the keeper's home, then a 15 minute ride back to Southampton Harbour.


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