Marine Heritage Society ends another summer of Chantry Island tours
by Sandy Lindsay

September 5, 2016

As each summer comes to a close, the Marine Heritage Society in Southampton begins to close down Chantry Island tours for another year.

Before the end however, the group holds an appreciation night for all the volunteers who work throughout the summer to make the tours successful.

From captains to crews on the tour boat, the Peerless II, to those who maintain Chantry Island with cleaning the Imperial lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper's quarters, to those who maintain the gardens in Pioneer Park at the mouth of the Saugeen River and those who work in the Tour Base to book the many tours, it takes a multitude of volunteer hours to keep the project going.

This summer, thanks to Mother Nature, the number of tours has been extremely successful, bringing in visitors from around the world into the area.

The volunteer appreciation BBQ night was held at the 'Boathouse' in downtown Southampton with approximately 100 volunteers attending the event that included a live 'fun' auction of memorabilia pertaining to the Island.

Marine Heritage President Don Nicholson emceed 

Mayor Mike Smith took time out to attend as he does every year

Where there's smoke, there's fire ... and there was plenty of both with three 'chefs' at the grills ... (L) Ed Braun, John Cherrie and Pat O'Connor

Auctioneer Pat O'Connor offers up a collector's item VHS of Chantry Island music ....

... John Willets (L) won the bid

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Stan Young delivers tasty treats to Connie Schumacher who bid on them during the auction

Young also delivered the winning bid of a CD to Jane Kramer

Councilor Mike Myatt (L) was seen chatting with Wayne Kaufman (a.k.a. Captain Wayne Sparrow)

Chantry Island Tours are now closed for the season and the volunteers will not begin to work at closing the Island for the winter which entails bringing in several keeper's quarters artifacts along with the docks used throughout the summer.

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