The recommissioned tanker Adam Cornelius, which has been renamed Algoma Compass, was supposed to leave the dock yesterday after sitting in the Huron River for the past three years. Rumors circulated that it had been sold for scrap after it never left the dock when its sister ship, the John Borland, left later than expected in July 2015.
Other tankers came and went, discharging their loads of taconite or limestone, but not the Adam Cornelius. One year turned into two and then into three before it was purchased for scrap or so the people thought. That is, until recently, when people noticed activity with the tanker. Lights could be seen shining out of portholes at night, and that is when the news came out that it was finally, finally moving out into Lake Erie, now that the ice is nearly off the lake for the year.
In this city of 8,000 people in which the river and the lake play a huge role in its identity, this is big news. But then the news went out that departure was delayed until today.
So, today, citizens from all over gathered came to watch the launch, which was scheduled for 1:00PM. Despite the wind whipping up, and the frigid temperature coming off the river and the lake, there was a party atmosphere as intrepid persons braved the cold and wind for the launch.
One o’clock arrived, but the Algoma Compass did not move. Nearly an hour later, it was announced by the crew of the Border Patrol boat cruising up and down the Huron River that the launch had again been postponed. Postponed until 7:00AM tomorrow. Reluctantly, some in the crowd dispersed, but will they return early tomorrow, once again braving the frigid conditions?