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3rd annual Boatnerd Gathering
Welland Canal P
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Saturday October 19, 2002
Saturday morning our group visited International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne. We braved 35 knot winds and a pelting rain to see the scrap yard, by 11 a.m. the rain had stopped and made it a much more enjoyable experience.

After the IMS tour it was back to boat watching and a tour of the Canadian Coast Guard SAR Station Port Weller

That evening we returned to the Canadian Corps Hall in Thorold for a joint meeting with the Welland Canal Ship Society.

Friday October 18
Friday started with a tour of Port Weller Dry Docks & Boatwatching along the canal.


Friday Night we met at the Canadian Corps Hall in Thorold for a feature presentation by Dennis Hale, the Sole Survivor of the 1966 sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell.

My thanks to everyone for making the Boatnerd Gathering East weekend possible. Thanks to everyone for making the trip to the Welland and participating in the Events.

My Thanks to the following individuals and companies: 
Thank you Dennis Hale for speaking to our group both nights, your program was the highlight of the weekend. 
Thank you to Port Weller Dry Docks for allowing our group to tour the facility and Jeff Clarke for leading the tour. 
Thanks to Wayne Elliott and the staff at International Marine Salvage for allowing our group to tour the yard.

There were many individuals that help to make the weekend successful. Dave Wobser who planned and organized the event. Patty & Ed at the Inn at Lock 7 for their trade mark hospitality. Jimmy Sprunt and the members from the Welland Canal Ship Society for hosting the joint meeting Saturday night.

The vendors for showing their merchandise during the slide nights. Veronica Petron with Force 5 Trading & Promotions and all the shipping companies for donating materials for our raffle.

Paul Beesley, Chris VanKoppen, Clint Thompson and Maurice Ethier of SAR Station Port Weller for arranging the open house.

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