One of the most popular articles we’ve ever posted was about Andrew King’s exploration and research into an abandoned wooden ship in the Ottawa River.
The boat was the Jean-Richard, later Ville de Vanier. It was a “goélette”, a traditional Quebec shipping vessel launched in Petite-Rivière, Quebec. It was the last ship of its kind built, and was the subject of a National Film Board documentary. It caught fire and was abandoned in the mid- 1980s, and has been sitting in the water ever since, just visible above the surface.
Photographer Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff recently visited the site and sent us some beautiful aerial photos along with this note:
I love your website with stories of the hidden gems of old Ottawa. I was especially intrigued by your story about the Jean-Richard wreck and had to go see it for myself this past Tuesday.
There’s not much of it left above the waterline, especially not in the winter when even more of it is buried in snow. I took the opportunity to do some aerial photos of the wreck (see attached). I have aerial video footage as well, but plan to supplement that with more video once the snow and ice have melted.