I was going to name this post “Out with the Old and In with the New”, but it would not mean anything until you read the blog post. I just visited Niagara Falls and have always enjoyed seeing and rarely riding on the historic Maid of the Mist boat ride. Whenever you go down to the Falls at Niagara, you could see the cute little double decker boats bobbing in the water like old fashioned corks. The Maid of the Mist has apparently done this on both the Canadian and American sides since 1846 or so. Even in Hollywood movies from the 50’s you can see movie stars donning their iconic yellow plastic slickers to keep off the huge rush of mist and “rain” from the falls. I have seen the boats go right up to the falls impossibly close to the dangerous water coming down and sit there with the propellers turning full to keep the boat into the current directly off of the falls then after a few minutes and drenching everyone, the boat slowly turns and moves out of the falls and back down the Niagara River to the docks. Its thrilling as the roar of the water coming over and down the falls is deafening and the mist or rain of water covers everything.
This year I noticed that the Maid of the Mist was no longer on the Canadian side and they had all new fancy modern boats that were wide and perhaps ugly. They are now run by Hornblower Line and appear to be catamarans with two hulls. Perhaps they are safer or take lots more passengers and are therefore more profitable. In any case, I don’t like them. I don’t like change I guess, but its sad to see tradition go the way of the world and I think that maybe it could happen to the American side next trying to keep up. I sure hope not.
Here is a view of the docking station to get on the boat on the American side which is still at bargain at $17.00 for adults. Go while you can…
Click images please to see a larger view:
ISO 100, F/9, 1/250 sec, 24 mm Lens
ISO 250, F/9.5, 1/250 sec, 40 mm Lens
Large historic photo of the original wooden Maid of the Mist:
Happy tourists from all over the world at the top deck of the Maid of the Mist:
ISO 250, F/19, 1/1000 sec, 24 mm Lens
Maid of the Mist boat coming into the floating dock area:
ISO 250, F/13, 1/500 sec, 45 mm Lens
Two Maid of the Mists passing each other, both from the USA side:
ISO 250, F/9.5, 1/500 sec, 88 mm Lens
Maid of the Mist into the Mist of the Falls:
ISO 100, F/9, 1/800 sec, 40 mm Lens
Don’t get TOO close to that edge!
Finally, the Old Maid of the Mist passing the New. Note they are wearing red on the new line from the Canadian side:
ISO 100, F/9, 1/320 sec, 24 mm Lens
Closeup of the new vs the old…