Port of Montreal donates 1,500 tuques to Mariners' House as the 175th anniversary of the Gold-Headed Cane presentation ceremony approaches
 

Montreal, November 25, 2013 - Following the success of the 2012 initiative in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Mariners' House of Montreal, the Port of Montreal has donated another 1,500 tuques to Mariners' House, this time to mark the 175th anniversary of the Gold-Headed Cane presentation ceremony, which will take place on January 3, 2014.
 
Capt. Jean-Luc Bédard, the port's vice-president of operations and harbour master, presented the 1,500 tuques sporting the Port of Montreal logo to Ms. Carolyn Osborne, general manager of Mariners' House.
 
About 1,300 tuques were distributed by Mariners' House to seafarers who visited the facility during December 2012, and more than 1,500 will be handed out this year.
 
"This gift recognizes the wonderful work that Mariners' House carries out every day," Capt. Bédard said. "Also, with the upcoming 175th anniversary of the Gold-Headed Cane presentation ceremony, it acknowledges a time-honoured tradition that has been made possible thanks to the commitment of all the men and women who have chosen a career in the marine industry and who ensure that goods reach their destination safely and efficiently."
 
Mariners' House is located on Alexandra Pier, near the Iberville Passenger Terminal. The Port of Montreal graciously provides these premises. Two vans transport crew members between vessels in port and Mariners' House. In 2012, Mariners' House welcomed more than 12,300 seafarers from all over the world.