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A long-retired pleasure craft that had been rusting in a Selkirk estuary for two decades has been sold for scrap.
The MS Lord Selkirk II, christened in 1970, sailed Lake Winnipeg until retiring in 1990. Since then, it has sat in limbo near Selkirk Park, to the dismay of many neighbours who considered it an eyesore.
Mark Slogan's family has owned the ship since 1986 and has been struggling to dispose of it since 1990.
"We finally found someone to buy it," said Slogan, a Selkirk businessman who lives in Winnipeg. He said he sold it to a Manitoba company who may have passed it on to foreign group. It will soon be dismantled for parts.
For the Slogans, it's a relief to get the boat off their backs.
"I guess people are tired of looking at it. Really we're glad to see it gone too."
Selkirk resident Doug Anderson, who lives near the park, is also happy to see it go. "I think it's great, it's been an eyesore for years," he said. "It's just a rusted old hulk, it is pretty ugly."
Anderson said once the ship is dismantled, the space it's occupying can be put to better use. "That area it's sitting in could be used for a marina, it could be used for multiple uses."
Selkirk Mayor David Bell can't help but feel a little sad to see the ship go. He fondly remembers her in her glory days. "It was a great boat, it was a beautiful boat in its day," he said of the pleasure craft that once carried the Queen.
"...You really want to be respectful of what she did for Manitoba. Unfortunately she's fallen into a great state of disrepair."