It's not a real pirate ship, of course. It's not even a fake pirate ship, but everyone calls it The Pirate Ship. It was originally a ferry on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, then it became a cargo ship. After that it had a makeover and name change to turn it into a replica of one of Jacques Cartier's (1491-1557) ships to become a restaurant. Eventually (in the 1990s) its owners moved it to Ontario and abandoned it in Lake Ontario by the side of the highway. After a few years of sitting there it was gutted by fire... and its remains have been there, looking like a ghostly pirate ship, since then. Nowadays you can get pretty close to it via a small trail from a parking lot for some businesses (a hotel, a restaurant...) and someone has put up a sign bearing the ship's name, La Grande Hermine. I left my book on the sign, propped up between the 'L' and the 'a.' The book was "Pirates and Privateers: Swashbuckling Stories from the East Coast." It was caught too, and is now on its way out to the prairies!