A new 156-tonne cable ferry was moved Friday from the building site in the City of Selkirk to a provincial yard in Selkirk. Although the distance between the two sites is only about two kilmetres the boat had to be taken on a much longer trek. The total distance required for the move of a vessel was about 16 kilometres.
There was some minor traffic delays but drivers seemed facinated in watching the move using a massive 96 tire vehicle.
The $3.1-million ferry is about 75 per cent complete and will be finished on land at a provincial yard in Selkirk. Once complete, C.F. Gilbert Laugher will be floated to the north end of Lake Winnipeg, portaged beside Seafalls along the Nelson River at PR 373. It will serve the community and area of Norway House First Nation along Nelson River. It will replace the aging C.F. James Apetagon, in service since 1977. The Apetagon will see limited use at another location.