On the compelling idea of mist being haunted by the ghost of a maiden
One of the most popular Niagara Falls attractions on the Canadian side of the river is the Maid of the Mist tour, Niagara Cruises. As of January 2014, there is a new Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls, and a great many folks watched as the prefabricated vessel was delivered by trucks and assembled by skilled tradesmen on shore…
This river craft was delivered in many pieces by wheeled transports, and put together on shore by trained professionals sent by the boat factory to oversee a local work force. You can tell by the by the flange at the top of this pontoon piece that this is just one of several independent hulls in what i believe will resemble a catamaran design when its finished - or at least a dual hull. You can also judge by the width of the roadway that anything bigger would have had to have been floated up river,
The news of Hornblower Canada winning the Niagara Parks contract and taking over from Maid of the Mist is the subject of this article on Newsvine. They replace a company which serviced Niagara Falls tourists, offering well reviewed nautical tours of Canada’s foremost natural attraction for approx 160 years.
The Newsvine article borrows from an earlier work on the Legends of three different Maids of the Mist on Wondercafe. A semi-religious blog site, the Wondercafe post explores three different versions of the same legend, as told by three different native American Indian bands. All three versions are built around the central theme of a fifteen year old girl being sacrificed to the falls; the girl is placed in a white canoe and, paralyzed with fear, she is sent forth over the falls as a gift to the river Thunder. The myth article is closely followed by a speculative piece on Dumpdiggers blog which examines the collectibles market surrounding the Maid of the Mist legend, and it too celebrates sacrifice and also the idea of a marine vessel being engineering specifically to bring folks to and from the base of the most famous, powerful and deadly waterfalls in the world.
In this artist’s rending above, this chasm looks like its on another planet!