Captain of iron ore ship gets Hamilton port's top hat for 2016
Captain of Algoma Discovery was presented with the port's annual ceremonial top hat
A ship carrying 25,000 tonnes of iron ore from Quebec arrived at the Port of Hamilton on Thursday night, marking the first vessel of the 2016 shipping season.
That meant on Friday, the captain of the Algoma Discovery ship, Tom Higham, was presented with the port's ceremonial headwear: a top hat.
It was the 69th year of the ceremony, in which the port's harbourmaster presents the top hat.
The ship, which Montreal on March 22, was delivering the iron ore to ArcelorMittal Dofasco. It is expected to be in Hamilton for about 16 hours to unload its cargo.
By volume, iron ore is the material that is brought most into Hamilton's port, and cargo used by Arcelor Mittal Dofasco represents close to 60 per cent of all the cargo the port handles, according to the Hamilton Port Authority.