Davie Shipyards Christens First Large Boat in Two Decades

Posted: October 31, 2013  |  By: Mark Cardwell [The Gazette]

LÉVIS, Quebec - The traditional smashing of the champagne bottle on the first ship built at Canada’s oldest and biggest shipyard christened the Cecon Pride Friday. That symbolic act at a dockside ceremony in front of some 1,000 guests at the Davie Shipyard also signaled the resurgence of shipbuilding in Quebec.

The Cecon Pride is the 717th vessel to be built at the Davie shipyard, which was itself launched in 1825.

“I’ve seen some high and very low tides here over the years,” said Steven Blaney, MP for Lévis-Bellechasse, from a raised podium next to the blue-and-white vessel as the sun broke through the clouds on a bitterly cold fall day.

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