My first trip through the Soo was in 1959. The St. Lawrence Seaway opening was being celebrated and I was on one of 28 warships that entered the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes for the first time since the War of 1812, when a treaty was signed preventing warships from sailing those waters.
These were the tokens used for International Transit between the two Saults. When it became apparent that the ferry traffic was going to be discontinued forever, I kept the token from my last ferry ride as a memento.
Prior to the completion of the International Bridge in 1962, travelers transiting the St. Mary’s River between the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan did so either by private boat or by purchasing passage on the ferry services which were in existence during this period. These services, which served the area from the mid 1800’s through 1962, began prior to the advent of the automobile, when most passengers were pedestrians (although fare rates were established for horses with riders). (more…)