The crash-prone ferry Apollo, which Quebec purchased from Newfoundland and Labrador, is likely headed for the scrapyard.
Officials on Quebec’s North Shore had hoped to sink and turn the ship into an underwater diving attraction. However, a non-profit organization that had been overseeing a plan to give the ferry new life as an aquatic habitat says it won’t have enough money to complete the work. They’re looking at an additional $4-million for repairs and the removal of asbestos. About $1.7-million has been spent thus far creating the artificial reef but the government funding has run out.
The Crown corporation which oversees ferry service in Quebec bought the Apollo without inspection for $2.1-million. It had previously operated between Blanc Sablon and St. Barbe. It crashed twice shortly after Quebec had acquired it.