Thunder Bay shipping season starts

The 2013 Port of Thunder Bay shipping season is officially underway.

The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal reports the occasion was marked yesterday with a traditional top hat ceremony at the port authority’s headquarters.

Capt. Douglas Parsons of the John B. Aird, the first ship to arrive in Thunder Bay’s port this season, was presented with the top hat.

The top hat ceremony dates back to the creation of the city’s harbour commission in 1953.  It’s a beaver hat, a symbol of the fur trade.