A Final Farewell to The Merv Hardie who served the people of the north for many years, taking locals across the mighty MacKenzie and bringing Big truck North to meet the navigate the worlds longest iceroad:Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter road. Though she had a man's name I have never been able to think of any water vessel as a man. She was a pleasant ride, running against the currents, in the face of ice flows and low water levels. She worked in the shadow of her successor, quiet and unassuming, but always faithful. It was my pleasure to ride across that great river on this magnificent boat who now sadly sits aground waiting to serve somewhere else. She shall be sorrowfully missed.
In fall she works in the shadow of her successor.
Due to Ice Jams the Mackenzie dropped her last passenger (A Super B Train Tanker) before navigating back across the MacKenzie in low water levels.
In the early morning 9 hours later with water levels rising she returns.
One of the last rides upon her. A night crossing.