City Reacts to Norgoma Allegations

M.S. Norgoma
Photo by Megan Pounder/SaultOnline / ONNtv received the following statement from the City of Sault Ste. Marie:

The News Release issued by MS Norgoma Board of Directors on May 23, 2019 contains a number of inaccuracies and misinformation.

The Board was told on June 5, 2018 that as of August 31, 2018 its berthing rights were rescinded. On September 24, 2018, Council provided an extension to the Marine Heritage Committee to have a new location for the MS Norgoma finalized by February 1, 2019 and extended the termination of berthing rights to April 15, 2019, or as soon as weather permits, to move the vessel to its new location.

The City continues to offer access to any items and artifacts should the Board wish to do so. It is why the City cleared snow from the entrance in March 2019 so they could gain access to do that.

The City is attempting to work with the Board to make sure the vessel can safely be moved which entails obtaining the necessary insurances and correcting safety issues. The City’s greatest concern is the safety of the public and trying to manage access in a responsible way.

As this is now a legal matter, the City will continue to manage this through the appropriate channels.


  1. I don’t get it.

    Why haven’t the Mayor and City Council kept their word and towed the Norgoma to the ASI Dock now that
    the deadline has passed? Why is the Mayor playing silly little legal games?

    I mean Mayor Provenzano and his city council passed a Resolution authorizing the city to spend $250,000 to white-out the Norgoma from our waterfront like it never existed (that they definitely could have used for road repair).

    Am I missing something?

    The deadline has passed Mr. Mayor. Get on with it. Spend our hard earned $250,000 on your vision of a Marine Heritage-less waterfront.

    BTW, the Algoma Steel Dock is probably not the best site for a Museum Ship Mr. Mayor.

    And I know you know that the Norgoma fits on both the west side of the Roberta Boandar Tent Pavillion, AND in between City Hall and Clergue Park (see link below), but that you just don’t want anything that’s not shiny and new and built to last like the Norgoma on our your vision of our city’s new waterfront.


    Get on with it Mr. Mayor. Get the city to tow the thing. You’re the CEO and the Mayor. What you say goes down at City Hall.

    Get on with it, and tow the thing would ya’, and stop erecting rickety little yellow fences around the entrance to the Norgoma, and playing childish little legal games.

    Do your deadlines, and your Resolutions, and YOUR WORD mean nothing?

    • You’re another brainchild that would be better off to remain silent and be thought stupid than to speak up and remove all doubt. Seriously, lose your computer, phone, tablet and anything else you can access the internet with.

    • Thank you for your offer of help John. I respectfully decline.

      I’d much rather be thought of as stupid than remain silent and not learn how I am wrong.

      Why do you think I have such a good understanding of so many things?

      That’s right, I’ve spoken my truth and have been wrong many times.

      Just like you were with your post John.

      Thanks for your sincerity though John. I appreciate it very very much.

  2. The city has never offered a reasonable explanation as to why the ship needs to be moved, other than Provenzano insisting he wants to see it out of there.
    I am suspicious of what the city has planned for that space.

  3. sault people have a a great site that they call their own and comment without big brother input—freedom of speechis back in the soo —THANK YOU THANK YOU

  4. Unless I’m missing something, the history is because it was a package freighter that made stops in the Sault. If that’s the case then every ship that floats past is part of our history as well. Why don’t we hear people screaming and stamping their feet when another ship is rather scrapped or sold as scrap? Sorry but it’s time for it to go

  5. It is not an eyesore!It is a piece of history!Just moving it to prove that they said they were going to and they are going to !Sad it has come to this !Spend that money on our roads and leave it there !Paint chips from building next to it last week all blew in the river but no one said anything about that !Big Bullies !I won’t vote for you guys sad,sad,sad!Save the Norgoma!😭😭

  6. Just another screw up by the City of Sault Ste. Marie, it`s almost expected with these clowns running the show. Same as when they came up with the bright idea of moving a “Ferrochrome Plant” to Sault Ste. Marie. Just google Ferrochrome Plant you`ll find out it`s hazardous to health & environment.

  7. Our City Staff & elected representatives rattle on about ‘safety’ concerns, eye-sores & waterfront blight.. has any-body seen what these fools did to City Hall, maybe we should change those locks & threaten to have them charged with trespassing if they try returning to the property.

    I’ve had just about enough of these clowns & their merry little band of nit-witted consultants.. just sayin.


  8. I actually saw the commotion that went on yesterday while walking my dog. The cops were keeping the board members out and not allowing them in at all. Goes to show you that the city will tell you anything to make themselves look good.

  9. What allegations? they said the city changed the locks, which they did. They said the city had the police inform them that they will be charged with trespassing if they go onto the ship, which also happened. So it should read City Reacts to Norgoma Facts.

  10. sault city staff—changes are needed—something not right going on there????i have an idea what but i would be sued if i said it—bottom line my dollars are being wasted by some very incompetent staff—some heads have got to roll—-accountability is not there—whose fault cao or mayor????

  11. this site is sault ste.marie new —news source—-unlike others —-their site allows open objective views which are not censored or controlled —freedom of speech is back with saultonline —-they do not consider them selves judge and jury —thank you

  12. leave it where it is, the cost to move it is outrageous. also if the time and money to get insurance and for OUR NORGOMA to pass a safety just to move it, LEAVE OUR NORGOMA where it is ! tourist that come through the soo during the summer make a point to walk the water front…to hear and see the children’s excitement when they see OUR NORGOMA made me proud. why is it such an importance to have her moved anyhow. also who is paying for this ? again another decision concerning our city and we the people were not a part of it. this is so so sad. moving her to purvis is like stashing something away you don’t want seen. saddens me to know how many children will lose out on the experience of touring OUR NORGOMA. k my rant is over/my opinion as everyone has one.

    • Why is it such an importance to have it moved? Because it is a long neglected floating scrap pile that needs about $500K in restoration and doesn’t bring in enough revenue to even begin to restore it.

      • Can you explain “long-neglected”? It received a coat of paint and other general repairs recently. The board
        and volunteers have been working on improving it continually for years.

        • Oh, you mean the quick lipstick job they put on last year that is all peeling off already and contaminating the water along with the old lead paint underneath it that wasn’t removed to begin with?
          It needs a serious, very expensive restoration not bandaids here and there.
          Face it, it is a floating junk heap with no local history that needs to be scrapped.

  13. Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity.

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